Korean Studies

Youngeun Koo, MSc(Oxon), M.A.

PhD Candidate/Research Associate


University of Tübingen
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Department of Korean Studies

 Wilhelmstr. 133

youngeun.koospam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de 

Office Hours

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Youngeun Koo is a PhD candidate in Korean Studies at the University of Tübingen. She has disciplinary backgrounds in history and anthropology, and her primary research and teaching foci lie in transnational adoption, modern and Cold War Korea, the intersection of international development, social work, and social policy in the “Third World”, migration and transnationalism, and questions of belonging and identity. Based on archival research and fieldwork in six countries including South Korea, the United States, Sweden, and Denmark, her PhD dissertation examines intercountry adoption from South Korea during the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on the role of state and transnational biopolitical actors in institutionalizing the practice and its relationship with South Korea’s postcolonial nation-building in the Cold War. As a Research Associate at Tübingen, she also taught courses on Korean history and society.

Academic Profile

PhD Candidate, Korean Studies, University of Tübingen

Advisors: Professor You Jae Lee & Associate Professor Eleana Kim

MSc Migration Studies (Anthropology and International Development)

University of Oxford

MA Cultural Studies

Goldsmiths University of London

BA History Education

Korea University

Curriculum Vitae



  • Migration and Korea 
  • The Children of Korea: The State and Welfare 


Journal Articles
  • Koo, Youngeun. “The Question of Adoption: ‘Divided’ Korea, ‘Neutral’ Sweden, and Cold War Geopolitics, 1964–75.” The Journal of Asian Studies 80, no. 3 (2021): 563–85. 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.