I first started in literary studies, and I have a BA (Hons) in French Language and Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1986-1990), and an MSc in Comparative and General Literary Studies from the University of Edinburgh (1991-2). After twelve years living in South Korea and Japan, I took an MA in Korean Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University (2002-5), where I wrote a dissertation on the British Embassy’s response to the 1980 Kwangju Uprising. After returning to the UK, I took an MSt in Korean Studies at the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute and wrote a dissertation entitled: ‘Popular Unrest and Rural Disturbances in Chŏlla Province, 1674-1800: An Alternative View of 18th Century Resistance.’ I obtained my PhD in Korean history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011 and my dissertation investigated the links between court factionalism and the initiation of the 1728 Musin Rebellion.
I spent fifteen years teaching English as a foreign language and French as a second language and I have taught in Quebec, Canada, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Scotland, Denmark, and England. I also worked as a trainer on the Royal Society of Arts/University of Cambridge Diploma (DELTA) and Certificate (CELTA) for teachers of English as a foreign language.
At the University of Copenhagen, I taught courses on pre-modern Korean history, modern Korean history, North Korean history, Popular Culture in Korea, Korean cinema, as well as Korean language.