We recently received news that Deokhyo Choi's 2013 PhD dissertation from Cornell won the ICAS Dissertation Prize 2015 in the Humanities. The prize committee noted:
Deokhyo Choi, Crucible of the Post-Empire: Decolonization, Race, and Cold War Politics in U.S.-Japan-Korea Relations, 1945-1952
This exceptionally rich study examines the complex interrelated histories of decolonization in Korea and Japan in relation to U.S.-Japan-South Korea Cold War containment policies. The dissertation is groundbreaking in its radical departure from conventional historiographies that analyze the U.S. and Soviet occupations of Korea (1945-1948) and the U.S./Allied occupation of Japan (1945-1952) as separate national histories. Instead, Choi takes the “Korean minority question” as his primary methodological site, and convincingly shows how an inter- and transnational framework reveals fundamentally new insights into post-Empire Japan and Korea. The outcomes of his work will significantly impact the field of East Asian history at large.
Dr Choi is currently working at the Faculty as a Research Associate on Dr Barak Kushner's project "The Dissolution of the Japanese Empire and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Postwar East Asia, 1945-1965".