Faculty Profiles

  • Jae Won Chung
  • Assistant Professor of Korean Studies
  • jchung@alc.rutgers.edu
  • Office: Rm 325 - Scott Hall 3rd Floor

Professor Chung became a member of the Rutgers faculty in 2019 after teaching two years at the University of Colorado Boulder. He spent his childhood in Seoul and grew up in Philadelphia. Before entering academia, he worked as a writing teacher and a literary translator. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Everyday Across Media: Liberation, War, and Reconstruction, 1948-1960, which looks at the evolving interrelationship between the idea of everyday life and different forms of media in South Korea during the early years of the Cold War. For his second project, he is interested in tracing the genealogy of apocalyptic imagination across Korean literature and media from colonial Korea to the present. 


  • Ph.D. Columbia University
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • M.F.A. Columbia University
  • B.A. Swarthmore College

Areas of Specialization

  • Modern and contemporary Korean literature
  • Theories of everyday life
  • Visual culture, especially photography and cinema
  • Theories of race and affect