Gregg Brazinsky

Gregg Brazinsky

Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
ESIA #412
Address: 1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-0987

Gregg Brazinsky is a specialist on U.S.-East Asian relations during the Cold War. His work focuses on the social and cultural impact of the United States on East Asia. His first book, Nation Building in South Korea, examines why South Korea was among the few post-colonial nations to achieve economic development and political democracy. It is the first monograph on the subject to use both American and Korean source materials. He received a Kluge Fellowship from the Library of Congress and grants from the Association for Asian Studies and the Sigur Center to do work on this project.

Professor Brazinsky is now pursuing research on several other projects. One is a study of the cultural impact of the Korean War in America, Korea and China. Another focuses on Sino-American competition in the Third World during the Cold War. In particular, he is interested in comparing the approaches to nation building that the two countries used. He has been awarded a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation for this research. He co-directs GW's Cold War Group. (Complete C.V.).


Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002.


Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans and the Making of a Democracy. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

"The United States and Multilateral Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia," Asian Perspective 32, no.2 (Summer 2008): 21-36.

"From Pupil to Model: American economic development policy and the ROK 1961-1968." Diplomatic History 29, no. 1 (January 2005): 83-115.

"Koreanizing Modernization: South Korean Intellectuals and American Modernization Theories." In Staging Growth: Modernization, Development and the Cold War, ed. Michael Latham et. al., 251-274. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2003.