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ProfileProfessor John Delury is a historian of modern China and expert on US-China relations and Korean Peninsula affairs. He is the author, with Orville Schell, of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century, and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Asian Perspective and Late Imperial China. He contributes regularly to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Global Asia, and 38 North. He is a senior fellow of the Asia Society and Pacific Century Institute and member of the Council of Foreign Relations, National Committee on US-China Relations and National Committee on North Korea. Prior to joining the Yonsei faculty in 2010, Dr. Delury offered courses at Brown, Columbia, Yale and Peking University, and served as founding associate director of the Asia Society Center on US-China Relations in New York. He is currently writing a book about US-China relations during the Cold War, focusing on the case of imprisoned CIA officer Jack Downey. He is also working on a series of articles on China-North Korea relations and co-authored book project with Patrick McEachern on North Korean politics and history.
- Ph.D. in History, Yale University, 2007
- M.A. History, Yale University, 2003
- B.A., History, Yale University, 1997 (Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude)
Research and Academic Employment
- Adjunct fellow, Washington Research Consortium on Korea, CSIS
- Book review editor, Global Asia
- Director, China Boom Project, Asia Society, 2010
- Director, North Korea Inside Out, Asia Society, 2009
- Future Learn [UK], Instructor on “Korea and China in Modern Times,” Spring 2015
- Peking University, Visiting Associate Professor of History, Summer 2011
- Columbia University, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, Fall 2009
- Brown University, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, 2007-2008
- Peking University, Visiting Instructor of History, Spring 2006
- Yale University, Part-time Acting Instructor of History, Spring 2004
- Yale University, Teaching Fellow, 2001-2003
Academic Publications• Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century, with Orville Schell (Random House, 2013; translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean).
• Strong, Prosperous or Great? North Korean Security and Foreign Policy, with Chung-in Moon, in The Oxford Handbook on International Relations in Asia, (Oxford, 2014)
• Trump and North Korea: The Art of the Deal, Foreign Affairs 96.2 (March/April 2017): 46-51.
• Irony on Parade: Sino-Korean Friendship 1945/2015, Journal of Asian Studies 74.4 (November 2015): 797-820.
• The Disappointments of Disengagement: Assessing Obama’s North Korea Policy, Asian Perspective 37.2 (April-June 2013): 149-182.
• Gu Yanwu’s Mixed Model and the Problem of Two Despotisms, Late Imperial China 34.1 (June 2013): 1-27.
• Harmonious in China: The Ancient Sources of Modern Doctrine, Policy Review 148 (April/May 2008): 35-44.