Thomas Quartermain

Visiting Professor of Korean History and Society

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location:
Savant Building 307D

Dr. Quartermain has studied Korean for over a decade and lived in South Korea for over five years. He researched at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Korea University and the Academy of Korean Studies. In 2016, he graduated from Oxford University (DPhil.) with his dissertation on the Japanese and Manchurian Invasions of Korea (1592-1637). Dr. Quartermain was awarded a Korea Foundation Post-doctoral Scholarship at the University of Western Ontario before researching at the Asiatic Research Institute (Seoul). Before joining Georgia Tech, he taught Korean Language and Culture at Endicott College (Daejon). Dr. Quartermain’s research interests encompass Pre-Modern Asian Politics, Multicultalism in Asia, East Asian Energy Economics and Modern International Relations.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil., PhD.) Oriental Studies: The University of Oxford, Wolfson College
  • Master of Studies (MSt.) in Korean Studies: The University of Oxford, Wolfson College
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Korean Studies: Korea University
Awards and
  • Korea Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. 2016-2017
  • Korea Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Studies. 2013-2016
  • BAKS British Korean Society Post Graduate Bursary. 2015
  • AKS Research Paper Contest for Korean Studies, First Place. 2012
  • Korea Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Studies. 2011 – 2012
  • Korea University International Student Scholarship. 2007-2009
Research Fields:
  • Chinese Economy
  • Clean Energy
  • Digital Humanities
  • Economic History
  • Energy Economics
  • Energy Markets
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Global Nuclear Security
  • International Trade
  • Korean
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy
  • Regional Security Challenges
  • Asia (East)
  • Asia (North) / Eurasia
  • Weapons and Security
  • Conflicts
  • Digital Humanities
  • East-Asian Studies
  • Film History and Theory
  • Foreign Policy
  • Historiography
  • History and Memory
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Literary Theory
  • Literature
  • Media Production
  • National Strategy
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • World Literature
  • INTA-3823: Special Topics
  • KOR-1001: Elementary Korean I
  • KOR-3823: Special Topics
All Publications

Journal Articles

  • Besieged on a Frozen Mountain Top: Opposing Records of the Second Manchu Invasion, 1636-1637
       In: Acta Koreana [Peer Reviewed]

    June 2018

    King Injo and his entourage remained on the summit of Mount Namhan for the greater part of the Qing Invasion of Chosŏn. During this time, court officials conducted intense debates as to whether to pursue continued military resistance against the Qing, or to conclude a settlement with them on the best terms possible. These officials have typically been placed into two political factions, the Peace Faction and the Anti-peace Faction. However, such a simple division obscures the complex realities of the political intrigue operative during the invasion. There are a number of records written during the short conflict. They offer glimpses into the actual, and often concealed, context of the political manoeuvres inside the besieged mountain fortress. Two diaries, Kim Sanghŏn’s Namhan kiryak (Resource on Namhan [Mountain Fortress]) and Nam Kŭp’s Namhan ilgi (The Namhan [Mountain Fortress] Diary), look at the war inside the fortress from two perspectives—the former from the point of view of a literati official who spoke of his own willingness to die, and the latter through the eyes of a military official who actually put his life on the line in defence of the wall. Rather than either protagonist embodying a self-contained political entity or representing the only logical conclusion to the war, the writings afford us clues as to the real and understandable concerns of individuals foreseeing an inevitable outcome.