A.B., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Pendleton Hall East Rm. 250
Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science
Expert on the U.S.-Korea alliance and comparative social movements in East Asia (democratization, women's movements, migrant workers, human rights); migration and identity politics.
Katharine H.S. Moon is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College. Moon received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Smith College and her Ph.D. from Princeton University, Department of Politics. She was born in San Francisco. Her administrative roles include Chairwoman of the Department of Political Science, Director of the East Asian Studies Program, Director of the Social Sciences, and executive committee membership in the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.
Prof. Moon has been the recipient of numerous scholarly fellowships (e.g., Henry Luce Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The George Washington University, Senior Fulbright research grant, American Association of University Women, National Bureau of Asian Research-Woodrow Wilson Center NARP grant, the Social Science Research Council). Moon served in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State and as a trustee of Smith College. She is an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society in NY City, a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. National Committee on North Korea.
Moon’s most recent book, Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance (University of California Press/GAIA, 2013), illustrates how democracy has given rise to Korean civil society activism around the politics of the bilateral alliance and U.S. overseas bases. It also addresses ways in which new institutional and procedural adaptations are needed to improve the management of the alliance. Kathy Moon also authored Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations (Columbia University, 1997; Korean edition by Sam-in Publishing Co., 2002), which explains how elite politics and decision-making affect local communities and individual women’s lives. Other publications address comparative social movements in East Asia (e.g. democratization, women's rights, migrant workers, human rights) and nationalism and identity politics.
Kathy Moon is married to Jeffrey Frankel, an economist at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She loves cats, gardening, piano, novels, swimming, creative writing, and being with family and close friends.
Prof. Moon is currently on leave at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where she is the inaugural naugural holder of the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies.