Academic Profile


Ph.D., Columbia University, NY
M.Phil, M.A., Columbia University, NY
M.A., B.A., Seoul National University, South Korea 

Research Interests

As a historian of late medieval/early modern Europe, I am drawn to the questions of how Europeans sought to understand and control the economic relations in which they were embedded, how these efforts were mediated through the cultural and institutional frameworks they had inherited, and how their solutions were tied to the broader structural changes of state and market formation. Thus, my research focuses on the intersection of market culture, institutions and state formation during this transitional period, in particular, the relationship between court and commerce in the Low Countries where the aforementioned issues came together in dramatic and critical fashion. This has also led me to straddle the medieval and early modern divide, as my research process has been considering how medieval precedents and traditions wove into these early modern issues. My manuscript in progress, Princely Business: The Nexus of Commerce and Court in the Northern Renaissance, 1450-1530, underscores these themes by excavating the commercial underpinnings of the Burgundian-Habsburg court and recasting its cultural aspirations and economic significance. 

Teaching Interests

In turn, my teaching seeks to help students see how voices and visions from a bygone era engaged fundamental questions that still shape and confront us today, even as they did so with the specific traditions and language they had inherited - which also became ours. Thus, I offer courses in pre-modern European history that cross chronological boundaries, such as “The Age of Chivalry” which encourages students to examine how the material culture of one era becomes the symbolic culture of another and how this transformation provides the building blocks for new ideals of man and community. My upper-level seminar “A Price for Everything” guides students in interdisciplinary research into market culture, by weaving critical essays with historical case studies that reveal how sectors of our social lives became mediated through market exchange. In all of my courses, I want my students to recognize that people of the past had to work with the specific traditions and language they had inherited and that the sum of their efforts and answers became the legacies that bind us now.

Honors and Awards

CLIR/Mellon Fellowship in Humanities for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

Columbia University, International Travel Grant; Alice Hanson Jones Fellowship for Economics and History

KFAS, Doctoral Study Abroad Scholarship