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Yuri Doolan


Yuri Doolan (originally from Cleveland, Ohio) is a PhD Candidate in American History at Northwestern University. He specializes in Asian American history with a minor in Modern Korea. Yuri is currently working on a dissertation project that examines the domestic ramifications of US military occupations abroad. This project is interested in how US militarism not only affects those in occupied nations (e.g. Koreans in South Korea), but has also reverberated into the domestic sphere—reshaping American communities and ideas about race, gender, war, and national belonging. Chapters in this project span the following topics: (1) the history of militarized sex work and “comfort women” for American GIs stationed in South Korea, (2) mixed race Amerasian “GI Babies” and the origins of Korea’s international adoption program, (3) Korean war and military brides in America, (4) the formation of Korean camptowns in small-town American military communities, and (5) the trafficking of Korean women into the US via South Korean camptowns. Yuri's research has received funding and support from various institutions including: the Social Science Research Council, the Korea Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Fulbright Program.

In 2012, Yuri received a B.A. with Honors Research Distinction in History and Korean Studies (with minors in Asian American Studies and English) from The Ohio State University. In 2013, he was awarded an MA in History from Northwestern. Yuri is a former Traveling Scholar of the University of Chicago (through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation) in addition to Visiting Scholar of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.

In the 2017-8 school year, Yuri will serve as an intern on the Muslim Chicago Oral History Project at the Chicago History Museum. During Winter Quarter, he will also teach a course on the Korean War and its legacies.

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