Published Pieces

Research

Using Data to Understand ELL Students

I used my spare time during my Fulbright grant to teach myself statistics and Python. In this August 2019 essay, I explain rudimentary data analysis techniques that ELL teachers can use to better understand their students. I also compute the perfect classroom temperature. Presented at Fulbright Korea’s fall conference, Gyeongju, October 2019.

How Do We Learn What’s True? Narrative Fluency and the Pedagogy of Information

I created this digital essay in early 2019 in response to what I saw as an unquestioning embrace of trendy information-literacy pedagogies among fellow teachers and people who write about education. It is the first in a series about surviving in a world bereft of epistemological signposts.

The Shoes of the Trees: How Trees Find Their Footing in Contemporary Korean Poetry

A BA honors thesis examining the symbolic and discursive role of trees in Korean lyric poetry and ecocriticism. Includes first translations of nine contemporary poems and original analyses drawing on cognitive-linguistic theories of embodiment and recent research in translation studies. Supervised by Professor Kyung Moon Hwang, USC professor of East Asian languages and cultures and history.

One chapter was presented at the USC Korean Studies Institute-University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies 2018 joint conference, where it received a Best Presentation Award. The same chapter received the second-place prize in Analysis at the 2018 USC Undergraduate Writers’ Conference.

The Making of the Kim Ku Mystique
A historical research paper examining the origins of a prominent Korean nationalist and anticolonial activist’s high standing in contemporary Korean political and social thought. Sole undergraduate winner of one of four 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards presented at the 2017 USC Academic Awards Convocation. Outstanding Academic Papers by Students, 2016–17.
Four Glimpses of Han in Lisa Lee’s Fiction
A literary analysis of an up-and-coming Korean American novelist’s work offering a new analytical paradigm for research on han (roughly, melancholy or resentment) in the Korean American context. Received three awards: Best Presentation Award and honorable mention for Best Paper at the USC Korean Studies Institute-University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies 2017 joint conference, and honorable mention in Analysis at 2017 USC Undergraduate Writers’ Conference.
Hall v. Florida: A Cauldron of Scientific Jurisprudence?
An ethics paper examining a 2014 Supreme Court ruling on the eligibility of the intellectually disabled for the death penalty and the case’s significance for the standing of scientific inquiry in American jurisprudence. Winner of two awards at the 2016 USC Undergraduate Writers’ Conference. Scribe, October 2016.
Wow, a photo of an essay anthology, big deal.

Poetry and Fiction

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Thornton Community Engagement Programs

In November 2017, I published a series of articles spotlighting the USC Thornton School of Music’s education and community outreach initiative.

Articles for The Daily Trojan

I wrote for the Lifestyle section of USC’s student newspaper for three semesters. Stars denote the articles I had the most fun writing.