Dr. Charles K. Armstrong

Independent Scholar


Dr. Armstrong was The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences at Columbia University until his retirement in June 2020. He has also been the Director of Columbia’s Center for Korean Research and Acting Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.  Armstrong has been a close observer and scholar of DPRK affairs for more than three decades and has written five books and over 40 articles and book chapters on  the DPRK, US-Korea relations, and contemporary Korean affairs. Dr. Armstrong has worked and lived for several years in the ROK and worked closely with research centers and think tanks dealing with the DPRK and North-South Korean issues. In 1997 Armstrong visited the DPRK with the Eugene Bell Foundation for the purpose of delivering food aid and other humanitarian assistance, and has visited with academic groups several times since then. Armstrong has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on North Korea and frequently gives talks on the subject for educators and the general public.

Professor Armstrong has a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University, an MA in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.