Ph.D., Stanford University, 2019
A.M., Harvard University, 2013
B.A., UCLA, 2007


Research Interests

  • Korean History and Society
  • Development and Social Change in East Asia
  • Urban History
  • The Korean War
  • Politics of Memory


Russell Burge is Assistant Professor of modern Korean history in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington. After earning his Ph.D. in History from Stanford, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Council on East Asian Studies and Lecturer in History at Yale University from 2019-2021.
Professor Burge’s interests include development, democracy, and the politics of space. His current project focuses on urbanization and social change in South Korea in the 1960s and 1970s, part of a larger intellectual project of de-centering the bureaucrats and industrialists who have anchored our histories of East Asian development and focusing on questions of urban subalternity and access to the city. He has also written on colonial memory and postcolonial forgetting following South Korea’s transition to democracy in the late 1980s.