Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
We are pleased to share with you that Kathryn Weathersby has been named ICAS Fellow effective immediately.
Kathryn Weathersby is a Visiting Scholar at the US Korea
Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University,
where she is writing a book Learning Mistrust: North Korea and Its Allies, 1945-1991.
For the last six years Kathryn directed the Korea Initiative of the Cold War International
History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which mined
the rich records on North Korea held in the archives of its former allies in the
communist world in order to shed light on the evolution of DPRK foreign and domestic
policy. The results of this research are available online from the Cold War International
History Project website.
Kathryn received a Ph.D. in modern Russian history from
Indiana University in 1990, with a second field in modern East Asian history. After
the collapse of communist rule in the Soviet Union, she conducted extensive research
in Russian archives on the Soviet Union's role in the Korean War and its policy
toward Korea prior to the war. Kathryn has lectured widely on this subject in North
America, East Asia and Europe. Among her publications are: "The North Korean Enigma:
Back to the Future?" Ilmin International Relations Review (Seoul) Spring 2005; "The
Soviet Role in the Korean War, The State of Historical Knowledge," in William Stueck,
ed., The Korean War in World History (Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press:
2004): 61-92; "'Should We Fear This?' Stalin and the Danger of War with America"
Working Paper No. 39, Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars, July 2002; "Soviet Documents and Reinterpretation of the Origins
of the Korean War," in Chung-in Moon, Odd Arne Westad and Gyoo-hyoung Kahng, eds.,
Ending the Cold War in Korea, Theoretical and Historical Perspectives (Yonsei University
Press, 2001; "Stalin, Mao and the End of the Korean War," in Odd Arne Westad, ed.,
Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance (Stanford University
Press, 1998); "Deceiving the Deceivers: Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang and the Allegations
of Bacteriological Weapons Use in Korea," Cold War International History Project
Bulletin 11 (1998); "New Russian Documents on the Korean War: Introduction and Translations,"
Cold War International History Project Bulletin 6/7 (1996); and "To Attack or Not
to Attack? Stalin, Kim Il Sung and the Prelude to War," Cold War International History
Project Bulletin 5 (1995).
Kathryn's research has been supported by grants and
fellowships from the Cold War History Project and the Kennan Institute for Advanced
Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Social
Science Research Council, the Korea Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Norwegian Nobel Institute and
the College of Arts and Sciences of Florida State University, where she was Assistant
Professor of History from 1989-1995.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President