Professor at the Department of Czech and Slovak Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies 1995-2014. He first studied Russian literature at HUFS, gaining a Bachelor’s degree. He then studied Czech at the Department of Slavonic Languages and Literature at the University of Michigan. He was awarded his Master’s degree in Czech literature from the University of Chicago, where he also completed his doctoral studies. He is now a professor of Czech literature at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. In 2012, with the help of a grant from the Institute of Czech Literature, he wrote three monographs; A Study of Karel Čapek (Happy Readings 2014), A Study of Milan Kundera (Book 21 2013) and Visit Prague at Least Once in Your Life (Book 21 2013). He has translated Czech poetry from the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th, 20th century prose, three novels by Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting), Karel Čapek’s Meteor, Tales from One Pocket and The Absolute at Large, some short stories by Hrabal and Lustig, and poetry by Jiří Dědeček.