Kathryn Weathersby most recently served as Senior Associate and Coordinator of the Korea Initiative of the History and Public Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This project conducted research on the history of North Korea through the archives of its former allies in the communist world. Dr. Weathersby received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Russian history with a second field in Modern East Asian history from Indiana University, where she served as Outreach Director of the East Asian Studies Center. She taught Russian and East Asian history at Florida State University while conducting pioneering research on the Korean War in Russian archives. She has lectured on North Korean history, the Korean War, and the Cold War in Asia at universities and research institutes in Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S., and has served as a consultant for television documentaries in the U.K., Japan and the U.S. Supported by numerous research grants and fellowships, her publications include “The North Korean Enigma: Back to the Future?” (IRI Review, Spring 2005) republished in Challenges Posed by the DPRK for the Alliance and the Region (Korea Economic Institute, October 2005), and “New Evidence on North Korea,” (ed. Cold War International History Project Bulletin, Spring 2004). Dr. Weathersby is currently an adjunct professor in Korean Studies at SAIS.
Read Dr. Weathersby’s lecture, The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Establishment of the Republic of Korea, as presented to the International Conference Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Republic of Korea (July 2008).
Read Dr. Weathersby’s Working Paper, Ending the Korean War: Considerations on the Role of History, which argues that as the complex task of constructing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula begins, constant confrontation with historical inquiry, which undercuts the natural tendency to simplify and distort the past into national myths that hinder reconciliation, will be necessary.
Read Dr. Weathersby’s Working Paper, Dependence and Mistrust: North Korea’s Relations with Moscow and the Evolution of Juche, which discusses North Korea’s diplomatic history with the former Soviet Union, the Soviet Communist Party, identifying key events which catalyzed the deterioration of the Soviet-North Korean alliance.