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Mitch Lerner becomes new director for the Institute of Korean Studies

A talk given by South Korean ambassador, Han Duk-soo was Lerner’s first event, and it was a tremendous success with close to 300 attendees. Lerner believes that the event’s turnout demonstrated that ties between the U.S. and Korea are quite significant in contemporary society.

Lerner will be staying on as associate professor of history at Ohio State’s Newark campus in addition to conducting research and serving as an editor of “Passport,” the newsletter for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations” (SHAFR) for the Mershon Center. The focus of Lerner’s teaching and research is on modern American diplomatic and political history, with an emphasis on US-Korean relations, as well as general American policy in the 1960s.

Lerner has received many honors and awards including:

  • Advisory Board Member, North Korean Document Initiative of the Cold War Internal History Project, Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington (2009)
  • Johnson Foundation Research Grant (2008)
  • Director, American History Documents, North Korean Document Initiative, Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2008-)

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