SEAS welcomes new staff members

The School of East Asian Studies has welcomed fived new members of staff who are joining the Japanese and Korean Studies programmes

Japanese Studies

Dr Jennifer CoatesJenny Coates

Dr Coates joined the School in September 2019 and will be contributing to our Japanese Studies programme as well as taking on the role of overarching postgraduate admissions and teaching on a number of undergraduate modules. Before joining SEAS, Jennifer (Jenny) studied, researched, and taught in many areas of the world.

She was an AHRC Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (2012), a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University (2011), Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (2014-2018), and Senior Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Cultures, and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Martyn SmithMartynSmith

Dr Smyth joined SEAS from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and will be a member of the Japanese Studies team. Martyn completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2014.

Since then, he has taught at Newcastle University, Birkbeck, Winchester University and SOAS. In 2018 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Dr Nozomi UematsuNozomi Uetmatsu

We are very happy to welcome back Dr Uematsu who previously worked with us on a temporary basis in 2016. Nozomi has taken on the role of SEAS seminar series co-ordinator and will also be teaching on a number of undergraduate modules.

Prior to joining Sheffield as a Lecturer in September 2019, Nozomi was a Teaching Fellow in Japanese at Durham University. She also taught at Queen Mary University of London, Cambridge, Sussex and Akita International University (Japan). In 2016, she taught Japanese literature in SEAS, and is very happy to come back and join the team on a permanent basis.

Korean Studies

Dr Hyun Kyong Hannah ChangHannah Chang

Dr Chang joined the School in August 2019 as a new member of the Korean Studies team. She is a musicologist and historian specialising in trans-Pacific Korea. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled A Vocal Interior: Korean Hymns and Prayers between US and Japanese Empires. The book incorporates new archival research she has done as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and Ewha Women’s University.

Before joining the University of Sheffield, she taught at New York University.

Dr Sarah SonSarah Son

Dr Sarah Son joined SEAS in August 2019. She completed her PhD on national identity and inter-Korean relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2014, before spending five years working in South Korea in the non-profit sector on North Korean human rights issues, as well as on human rights documentation practices more broadly.

Within SEAS, Sarah teaches on the Korean Studies undergraduate programme.