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Brandon Gauthier

Advisor: Michael E. Latham, Kirsten Swinth

Dissertation Title: The Other Korea: Ideological Constructions of North Korea in the American Imagination, 1948-2000

Email: [email protected]

MA, History, Fordham University, 2010
BA, Political Science, Elon University, 2006

Research Interests:
Brandon's interests include US-Korean Relations since 1866, the Modern History of Korea, 20th Century Intellectual and Cultural History, Communism in Asia, and the Global Cold War.

Awards and Fellowships:
World Congress for Korean Politics and Society Travel Grant, Korean Political Science Association, August 2015
Alumni Dissertation Fellowship, Fordham University, 2015-2016
Elaine Forman Crane Research Grant, Fordham University, Summer 2014  
John Higham Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians – Immigration and Ethnic History Society, April 2014
Fordham Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Research Travel Grant, Spring 2014
Edward and Marjorie Goldberger Foundation, Fordham University, May-September 2013
Critical Language Scholarship, Alumni Development Fund, U.S. Department of State, Oct. 2012-Mar. 2013
Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, Jeonju, South Korea, Jun. 2012-Aug. 2012
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2012
Fordham University, Teaching Fellow, 2010-present
Fordham University, Presidential Scholarship, 2010-present


“A Tortured Relic: The Lasting Legacy of the Korean War and Portrayals of‘North Korea’ in the U.S. Media, 1953-1962,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Vol. 23, No. 4 (2015), Forthcoming.

“Leaving Another Universe: A Review of North Korean Defector Literature,” Journal of East Asian Affairs (Republic of Korea, Institute for National Security Strategy, 국가안보전략연구원), Solicited by the editor–Forthcoming

“North Korea’s American Allies: DPRK Public Diplomacy and the American-Korean Friendship and Information Center, 1971-1976,” North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), e-Dossier, no. 17, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. < A Korean language summary of this article, prepared by, is available at: 1970년대 북한 대미외교 선봉엔 '조미우호홍보센터 <>

“‘Bring All the Troops Home Now!’ The American-Korean Friendship and Information Center and North Korean Public Diplomacy, 1971-1976,” Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Spring/Summer 2014), 147-158.

Reviews, Online Articles, Op-Eds, and Encyclopedia Entries:

Review: Ramon Pacheco Pardo, North Korea–US relations under Kim Jong Il: The quest for normalization? (Routledge, 2014), Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Forthcoming.

Review: Lee Hong Yung, Yong-Chool Ha, and Clark W. Sorensen, eds., Colonial Rule & Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945 (Seattle, WA: University of Washington, 2012), The Middle Ground Journal, Forthcoming.

Review: William T. Bowers and John T. Greenwood, eds. Combat in Korea:Passing the Test, April-June 1951 (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky, 2011), The Oral History Review: Journal of the Oral History Association, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2014): 370-372.

Review: Young Ick Lew, Making Of The First Korean President: Syngman Rhee’s Quest for Independence, 1875-1948 (Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2013), Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Vol. 22, No. 1 (2015): 79-80.

Review: Jang Jin-sung, Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee—A Look Inside North Korea (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014), Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 2015): 372-376.

H-Diplo/ISSF Review: No. 534, June 24, 2015. Dane Cash, “‘History Has Begun a New Chapter’: US Political-Opinion Journals and the Outbreak of the Korean War,” International History Review, Vol. 36, No. 3 (2014): 395-418. <>

Review: Blaine Harden, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot (New York: Penguin, 2015), Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015), 140-144.

    What It Was Like to Negotiate With North Koreans 60 Years Ago, July 16, 2013. <>. (<>)

    DPRK-US Showdown - a book review, September 11, 2014

    The strange story of one Korean War POW, March 21, 2014

    When two Americans were axed to death by N. Korean Soldiers, August 20, 2013

    The day South Korea faced the merciless reality of extinction, June 24, 2013

    When the first American soldier defected to North Korea, May 28, 2013

    The birth of Kim Il Sung, April 15, 2013

    How Kim Jong Il reacted to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, March 20, 2013

    The day Kim Jong Il was born, February 15, 2013

    When NK commandos tried to assassinate South Korea’s president, January 21, 2013

    The day North Korea downed a U.S. helicopter on the DMZ, December 17, 2012,

    When Kim Il Sung took power, October 9, 2012

    The 1996 Gangneung submarine infiltration incident, September 18, 2012

    June 18, 1953 in the Korean War, June 17, 2012

    The height of the 1994 nuclear crisis, May 20, 2012.

The Shreveport Times, Guest Columnist

    Don’t Play North Korea’s Game, January 4, 2015

    Much Ado About Kim Jong Un, April 7, 2013

    Business as Usual in Pyongyang, December 23, 2011

    A Case for Diplomacy (And why it may not work), November 14, 2009

    The U.S. and al-Qaeda, September 12, 2009

International Leadership: A Reference Guide (Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell, 2016)

    North Korea, National Culture & Leadership, Forthcoming.

Encyclopedia: The Twenties in America (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2011)

    The Soviet Union and North America

Encyclopedia: The Thirties in America, Salem Press (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2011)

    The Philippine Islands

    US Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson


“From the New York Times to the Daily Worker: Visual Representations of ‘North Korea’ in the U.S. Media,” poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2016.

“‘A Mad Dog Barks at the Moon’: the United States and North Korea during the ‘Second Korean War,’ 1963-1969,” paper to be presented at New York Conference on Asian Studies, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 2015.

“An American Perspective on Korean Studies,” presentation at the Inaugural dinner of the 2015 World Congress for Korean Politics and Society, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, August 2015.

“From Cold War Puppet to Rogue Regime: Portrayals of ‘North Korea’ in the United States, 1950-1996,” lecture presented at the 2015 World Congress for Korean Politics and Society, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, August 2015.

“Through American Eyes: Imagining North Korea from Rose Hill to Pyongyang,” lecture presented at Fordham University Graduate Seminar Series, March 2015.

“‘Bullwhip Barbarians…the Worst of This Breed': Postwar Portrayals of ‘North Korea’ in the U.S. media, 1953-1963,” lecture presented at New York University-Tamiment Library Center for the United States and the Cold War, February 2015.

“‘ONE STEP ABOVE ANIMALS’: North Koreans in the American imagination, 1950-1976,” paper presented at Engage Korea: 2014 Student Conference on the DPRK at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 2014.

“‘A foe who fights with a blend of Asian fatalism and Communist fanaticism’: Wartime Depictions of North Korea in American Society, 1950-1953,” paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Lexington, Kentucky: June 2014.

“‘Bring All the Troops Home Now!’: The American Korean Friendship and Information Center and North Korean Pubic Diplomacy, 1971-1976,” paper presented at the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, Georgia: April 2014.

“The Caution of History: John F. Kennedy, the Test Ban, and the International Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime,” paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison: June 2010.               

“Origins of the INNPR: John F. Kennedy and the Limited Test Ban,” paper presented at the annual conference of the Ohio Academy of Historians, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio: March 2010.

“Rethinking non-proliferation: John F. Kennedy and nuclear weapons at the height of the Cold War,” paper presented at a Fordham University Colloquium, April 2009.

Courses Taught:
Understanding Historical Change: Modern European History
Understanding Historical Change: American History
The Global Cold War
The Civil War
Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar: TV News Innovators