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Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis
Photo: AFSC
DPRK Country Representative
Areas of Expertise 
Korean culture and society | International dialogue and exchange | Agriculture

Linda Lewis is AFSC’s Country Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea or DPRK). Based in Dalian, China, she is responsible for AFSC’s DPRK program, including its long-standing agricultural development project. She is a regular visitor to the DPRK and has organized numerous study tours and exchanges outside Korea for DPRK partners.

Linda has spent much of her career living and working on or near the Korean peninsula, including service in South Korea as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a Fulbright grantee and research fellow, and an international program director. She received her Ph.D.  from Columbia and taught for many years at Wittenberg University (Ohio), where she was Professor of Anthropology and Director of the East Asian Studies Program. She has also held visiting appointments at Amherst, Dartmouth, and the University of Washington, and has taught and directed student exchanges at Sogang, Kansai Gaidai and Zhejiang universities.

Linda has been quoted in Reuters and the BBC, and frequently lectures at colleges and universities. Her publications on civil society and democracy in Korea include numerous articles and the book Laying Claim to the Memory of May: A Look Back at the 1980 Kwangju Uprising.

Linda is also a member of the National Committee on North Korea. Read an interview about her work in the DPRK on AFSC’s Acting in Faith Blog, or learn more about the agricultural program here.  

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