specializes in legal history. Originally trained as
a sixteenth-century French historian, she is the
author of the book Michel
de L’Hôpital: the Vision of a Reformist
Chancellor during the French Religious Wars (1997).
Of late her research has focused on comparative
history of Korean, Japanese, and French law.
Her latest book, Law and Custom in
Korea: Comparative Legal History,
was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
She is the recipient of the
National Endowment of Humanities Fellowship, the
Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant (Korea), the
Academy of Korean Studies Research Fellowship, and
the Japan Foundation Research Fellowship. She was a fellow
at the Collegium de Lyon, Institut d'études avancées, in France
(2011-2012). In 2013-2014, she is a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Wassenaar.
As a native of Korea, she
graduated from Ewha University in Seoul. She
received her Ph.D. in history from the University
of Minnesota and J.D. from the University of
Minnesota Law School. She is a member of the
Minnesota Bar since 1995. She is an Associate Researcher at the Institut d'Asie Orientale (France),
and serves on the International Editorial Board of Comparative Legal History,
published by the European Society for Comparative Legal History.