PhD Candidate/Research Associate
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Youngeun Koo is a PhD candidate in Korean Studies at Tübingen University. Her thesis examines the development of intercountry adoption from South Korea between 1961 and 1979, drawing on archival materials and oral histories collected from South Korea, Sweden, Denmark and the USA. She holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in History Education from Korea University. Her research interests include intercountry adoption, family and children; welfare, the state and the voluntary sector; mobility, migration and transnationalism; questions of belonging and identity. At Tübingen, she also convenes BA courses on Korean migration and social welfare.
MSc Migration Studies (Anthropology and International Development)
University of Oxford
MA Cultural Studies
Goldsmiths University of London
BA History Education
- The Children of Korea: The State and Welfare
- Migration and Korea
- Researching Trans/national Korea: The State and individuals
- Koo, Youngeun. “The Question of Adoption: ‘Divided’ Korea, ‘Neutral’ Sweden, and Cold War Geopolitics, 1964–75.” The Journal of Asian Studies, 2021, 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021911820004581.
- Koo, Youngeun. "‘We Deserve to Be Here’: The Development of Adoption Critiques by Transnational Korean Adoptees in Denmark." Anthropology Matters Journal 19, no. 1 (2019): 35-71. https://doi.org/10.22582/am.v19i1.508.