Paul Nam

Adjunct Assistant Professor, History

Paul S. Nam received a B.A. in History from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Korean History from the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • Email: pnam@oxy.edu
  • Office: Swan Hall 310
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Education: B.A., Williams College; M.A., Ph.D, UCLA

In addition, he is a graduate of the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Japan. As a graduate exchange student, he attended Korea University and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Nam was also a Fulbright Fellow at Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University.

Currently, Paul Nam is preparing a manuscript based on his dissertation, The Roots of Labor: An Investigation and Analysis of Korean Tenant Farmers in the Colonial Period, where he examines the roles of the agricultural population in the development of capitalism on the Korean peninsula. Although set eighty years ago, the themes and research of his dissertation are especially pronounced today as a school of thought in South Korea is growing in size and influence. The “New Right” characterized as “fiercely unapologetic about capitalism and capitalist development in South Korea,” focuses on statistical evidence of the colonial period (1910-1945) demonstrating the economic growth of the time, while deflecting human costs as unquantifiable. To which, Nam raises questions about statistical validity and quantifiability.

In addition, he is preparing another manuscript titled, Japanese Nostalgia and the Korean Culture Industry, for publication. Here Nam expands on his work on colonial-era history and examines the consequences of the colonial period on the formation of both the modern Korean and modern Japanese identities. A part of this research was presented at the 22nd World Historical Association conference in Minneapolis in 2013.