Faculty Profiles
Yong-Kyun Bae
Ph.D., Chair & Professor
Professor Bae teaches Economics courses in the department of Global Studies. Within this broad area, his field of specialization is in the areas of applied microeconomics, industrial organization, regulation and public policies, and econometrics.

Professor Bae holds a MA from Boston University and a Ph.D from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University). He came to PNU after several years of teaching a variety of economics courses as an assistant professor at Stony Brook University and Hood College. Professor Bae, along with Hugo Benitez-Silva, Ph.D., at Stony Brook University, has authored “Do Vehicle Recalls Reduce the Number of Accidents? The Case of the U.S. Car Market.” The article appears in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, one of the top peer-reviewed economics and public policy journals. A related paper, entitled “The Effects of Automobile Recalls on the Severity of Accidents,” appears in the Economic Inquiry.  His research is being analyzed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to support the U.S. Congress-requested reform of current recall regulation.

He has presented his research papers in international conferences, such as the International Industrial Organization Conference, the Western Economic Association International Conference, etc. His current research involves vehicle recalls and public safety, social costs of risky products, product innovation, competition and industrial evolution, and economic analysis of tort liability law.
Tommi Tapanainen
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Professor Tapanainen's primary teaching field is management, and his research specialization is in management information systems. Within this research area, he is particularly interested in how managers cope with rapid changes and crisis situations. He is also working with research regarding healthcare information systems.

He is a Finnish national and his degrees (master's and doctoral) are from the University of Turku, Finland, where he majored in information systems science. However, before arriving to his current position, he worked in several countries: Finland, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Belgium. These jobs were made possible by awards and fellowships such as the Japan Government Fellowship, Canon Foundation Fellowship, Taiwan Fellowship, and Marie Curie Fellowship.

In addition to Finnish and English, he is proficient in the Japanese language. He is a member of the Association for Information Systems and the ISACA.

William F. Pore
Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Professor Pore received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from George Washington University. He holds a Master’s degree in Korean History from Columbia University and a Master of International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. For more than ten years, he was an analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense.

His courses in the United States have focused on world history, East Asian and Korean History, Southeast Asian and Vietnamese history.

His primary research interest is in the longue durée which emphasizes a more unified sense of East Asia, rather than one of separate states with distinctly diverging histories. His secondary interests involve intellectual networks of literati scholars and the dissemination of Buddhist texts and how this phenomenon relates to print technology during the Tang dynasty. Publications include “Social Class: Traditional Class Systems in East Asia,” published by Oxford University Press (2007) and “The Inquiring Literatus: Yi Sugwang’s ‘Brush-talks’ with Phung Khac Khoan in Beijing in 1598,” in Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society of Korea, and he was a contributor to Sources of Vietnamese Tradition (2013).
His GSP lectures deal with historical and comparative theories and methodologies, typologies of political leadership, and cross-national institutions, cultures, and religions.

Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi
Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Professor Hinata-Yamaguchi from Saku, Japan is a Visiting Professor at the Pusan National University, Department of Global Studies, and also an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS.

Ryo has presented and published a variety of papers on defense and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. Ryo received his PhD from the University of New South Wales – Canberra with a dissertation on North Korea’s military capability management. Ryo is a former Korea Foundation Language Training Fellow, received his MA in Strategic and Defense Studies and BA in Security Analysis from the Australian National University. Ryo has previously held positions at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, FM Bird Entertainment Agency, International Crisis Group Seoul Office, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Australia, and the Japan Foundation Sydney Language Centre. He has extensive international experience, having lived over 20 years in Australia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the US. Ryo is a native speaker of Japanese and English, is fluent in Korean, and also has some knowledge of Chinese and Malay.

David Tooch
Ph.D., Visiting Professor
Professor Tooch teaches courses in the field of International Relations. His research interests include Technology Transfers in International Relations, Diplomacy, Security Studies, The International Relations of the Middle East, Israeli Relations in Africa and Asia and Maps in International Relations. He obtained his Ph.D. at Florida International University and presented his work at major conferences including the International Studies Association (ISA) and American Association of Geographers Annual (AAG) Meetings.

Before studying and teaching at Florida International University, he had held various technical and editorial positions such as writer, producer and video editor in local, national and international media organizations.

For over 20 years his experience spans news gathering and coverage of key news-making events and topics like international conflict, international politics, foreign policy, security, regional issues, and the environment.  Among these organizations, he has worked for London based Worldwide Television News (Now Associated Press Television News), CNN USA, CNN International Atlanta and NBC 6 Miami .His hobbies include jogging, bicycle riding, and photography of coastal environments.
Chris Hennessey
M.A., Visiting Professor
Professor Hennessey is mixed British and Belgian, but he grew up moving around the world with his family, living in Oman, Belgium, France, India and the USA.
He earned a BA in the History and Political Science of Western Europe from the Colorado College and a MA in International Relations, European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has taught at korean universities since 2008. In the DGS and GSP programs, he teaches a variety of writing classes and Business English, as well as classes on politics and the economy. His hobbies include hiking and camping, competitive sailing and ultra long distance cycling.
George Khoury
ABD (All But Dissertation), M.A., Visiting Professor
Professor George Khoury teaches Communication (Speech, Interpersonal, and Intercultural), Media theory, and Writing courses in the department of Global Studies. His field of specialization is in the areas of socio-cultural globalization, rhetoric, media, and power.

Professor Khoury holds a Masters of Rhetoric from the University of Cincinnati, a Bachelors of Arts from Ohio University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism, and is working to complete his Doctoral degree from the European Graduate School of Media and Communication, located in Saas-Fee Switzerland. After teaching for several years at the University of Cincinnati as adjunct faculty in the department of communication, Professor Khoury decided to move to Busan, South Korea in order to experience topics of globalization as they pertain to East Asia.

He has presented research on Korea's English Language learning industry at foreign Language conferences in Rome, Italy, and similar topics at smaller conferences at area Busan universities. He is currently working to get published in a variety of fields. His current doctoral research seeks to expand on the work French philosopher Michel Foucault’s work on bio-power and the rise of modern nation-states, with his emphasis on South Korea, and techniques of social normalization via social & mass media.
Aaron Kuchle
ABD (All But Dissertation), M.A., Visiting Professor
Professor Aaron Kuchle is a visiting professor at Pusan National University, where he teaches writing and humanities courses at the Department of Global Studies. Originally from the US, he holds a B.A. and M.A. in German from Dalhousie University, Canada. He has also done postgraduate work at UCLA and the University of Heidelberg and is currently doing doctoral work for the latter on the subject of Heinrich von Kleist and the aesthetics of the grotesque.

Having lived, taught, and studied in the United States, Canada, Germany, China, and Korea, Professor Kuchle has sought to wed his international experience with his academic work, resulting in an increasingly international, comparative approach to his main areas of literature, philosophy, literary and aesthetic theory, and intellectual history."
Robert E. Kelly
Ph.D., Participating Professor
Professor Robert E. Kelly is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan National University.

His interests focus on security and political economy in East Asia and the Middle East, US foreign policy, and international financial institutions. He has previously published in journals such as the European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, and the International Studies Review. He has also written for popular outlets such as Foreign Affairs and The New York Times. His complete writing may be found at his webpage: www.AsianSecurityBlog.wordpress.com.
Steven LaPrade
Ph.D., Participating Professor
Professor Steven is an associate professor at Pusan National University Law School where he teaches Anglo-American Law.

His primary focus is U.S. Constitutional Law, but also teaches a variety of courses in legal writing, International Contracts, and Business. Professor LaPrade has a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, and a M.A. in Asian Studies (East Asian Politics and Foreign Relations) from the University of Oregon. Before joining the PNU Law School faculty, he was a lawyer in private practice in Seattle Washington, and worked in-house for several large companies in the Seattle area.
Regina Bode
M.F.A., Participating Professor
Professor Regina Bode, born and raised in Germany, received her MFA (Visual Arts and Music) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and the Academy of Music and Drama in Hamburg, Germany.

Regina Bode has gained more than 20 years of professional experience as a teaching artist, museum educator and creativity trainer. She has worked with the Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts and the Honolulu Academy of Arts for the past 12 years, teaching college students, professional artists and holding professional developments for the Hawaii Teachers Association. As a visual artist, she specializes in mixed-media, drawing and printmaking. Regina Bode is frequently exhibiting in solo and juried group shows internationally. Her works can be found in many private and public collections, including the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Arts and the “German Bundestag Art Collection.