Centers, Institutes & Initiatives

Our research centers and institutes provide an institutional framework for scholars working in regional and topical fields of study, while our cutting-edge initiatives connect cross-curricular faculty and research to address critical global issues. Together, they contribute to the Elliott School’s mission of producing scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues, in order to engage the public and the policy community both domestic and abroad in fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions.

Monthly Scholar Highlight


The GW Institute for Korean Studies (IKS) welcomes Mr. Si Jeon Lee from South Korea as their newest Visiting Scholar. Mr. Lee, a Public Prosecutor from the from the Seoul Eastern District Public Prosecutor’s Office, will be conducting research under his project “A Comparative Study on Election Crimes and Their Punishment”. He will be comparing U.S. and Korean legislations related to electoral crimes, and drawing on resources from both GWU and the U.S. Federal Election Committee to recommend changes to the Korean election laws. He holds a degree in law from Hanyang University.

The GW National Resource Center (NRC) welcomes Dr. Myoung-Shik Kim from South Korea as their newest Non-Resident Scholar. Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Spelman College, and he will be researching labor migration and related policies in East Asia at the NRC. He will explore economic need, irregular migration, labor policy, trade unions, and civil movements, with the goal of publishing a book and journal articles. Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Professor Nanhee Ku will be concluding her time at the GW Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) at the end of this month. She worked extensively on her project “Study on Romanization and English Expressions of Korean Ancient History Terminology in Western Academia”, which explored the romanization of Korean scholarly articles and its effects on the disbursement of Korean history to a non-Korean audience. Through resources from the Library of Congress, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland and academic events hosted by GWIKS, she has worked to enlarge interest in the study of global Korean studies. Professor Ku teaches at the Academy of Korean Studies, and she holds a Ph.D. in History Education from Seoul National University. 

Professor Yan Xu will be concluding her time at the East Asia Natural Resource Center (NRC) at the end of this month. Her time at GWU was spent on the translation of her book, titled “The Soldier Image and the State Building in Modern China, 1924-1945” from English to Chinese. The book is the first focused study in English on soldier imagery in early twentieth-century China, with new insights on state-building, civil-military relations, social emotions and national revival. Her work was enabled by the China Documentation Center and the many journals housed within the GWU Library. Professor Xu is an Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Spelman College, and she holds a Ph.D. in Chinese History for the Ohio State University.