Academic CV

Dr. Christo­pher Richardson 

Bach­e­lor of Arts (Hon­ours, 1st Class), Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, 2005

Mas­ter of Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Stud­ies (with Mer­it), Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, 2011

PhD, North Kore­an Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, 2016

Mas­ter of Teach­ing (Sec­ondary), Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land, 2023

Empire of the Waves (Pen­guin, 2015)


“North Korea as Frag­ile State?” for CISS6006 State­build­ing & ‘Frag­ile States’, Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, 2012 — 2016

“Intro­duc­tion to the DPRK,” for ARTS3756 Devel­op­ment in Asia, Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales, 2016

“Vio­lence & the North Kore­an Child,” for ASIA1030 Asia & the Pacif­ic in Motion, Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, 2015

“DPRK: Devel­op­ment With­out Democ­ra­cy,” for GOVT2611 Cap­i­tal­ism & Democ­ra­cy in East Asia, Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, 2015

“Chil­dren of the North: An Intro­duc­tion to the Children’s Cul­ture of the DPRK,” for INTR12-210 East-West Inter­na­tion­al Diplo­ma­cy, Bond Uni­ver­si­ty, 2014 — 2015

Con­fer­ence Appearances

“The Book of Beasts: Ani­mal and Human Nature in Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture,” Cross-Cul­tur­al Under­stand­ing Through Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Between Aus­tralia and Korea, Seoul (via Zoom), 2020

“Chris­t­ian Con­nec­tions in Asia,” Asian Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia, Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney, 2018

“Dis­rup­tion, Taint, Redemp­tion: Vio­lence & the North Kore­an Child,” World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii, 2014

“North Kore­an Voic­es in Exile,” Lei­den Uni­ver­si­ty, 2014 

“Visu­al Sto­ry­telling for Chil­dren in the DPRK,” Visu­al Sto­ry­telling Sym­po­sium, Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land, Armi­dale, 2014

“An Intro­duc­tion to North Kore­an Children’s Lit­er­a­ture,” Kore­an Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia, Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, 2013

“Still King of the Coun­try? Child­hood Poli­cies & Prac­tices in the DPRK: A Snap­shot of 2012”, Kore­an Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia, Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, 2012

Pub­lic Talks

“North Korea: From Rev­o­lu­tion to the Rock­et Man,” Bal­main Insti­tute, Syd­ney, 2018

Aca­d­e­m­ic Publications

“Book Review: Fig­ur­ing Kore­an Futures: Children’s Lit­er­a­ture in Mod­ern Korea,” Euro­pean Jour­nal of Kore­an Stud­ies, 18, no. 1 (2018).

“Hagiog­ra­phy of the Kims & the Child­hood of Saints,” in Change & Con­ti­nu­ity in North Kore­an Pol­i­tics, ed. Adam Cath­cart, Robert Win­stan­ley-Chesters & Christo­pher Green (New York: Rout­ledge, 2017)

“Book Review: The Real North Korea: Life & Pol­i­tics in the Failed Stal­in­ist Utopia,” Aus­tralian Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Affairs 68, no. 3 (2014): 377–378.

“Still Quite Fun to Read: An Intro­duc­tion to North Kore­an Children’s Lit­er­a­ture,” Inter­na­tion­al Review of Kore­an Stud­ies 10, no. 1 (2013): 117–136.

Key Online Publications

“The Knife of Out­rage Finds its Mark now, 33 Years After the Satan­ic Vers­es,” The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, 14 August 2022 

“Plagues & Peo­ples in Korea, II: Behold! A New World is Before Our Eyes,” Sino-NK, 13 Decem­ber 2021

“Plagues & Peo­ples in Korea, I: The Vis­i­ta­tion,” Sino-NK, 2 Novem­ber 2021

“Irre­sistible Rise? Brecht’s V‑Effekt from The Three­pen­ny Opera to Watch­men,” 19 May 2021.

North Kore­an Child­hood?: An Inter­view with Dr Christo­pher Richard­son,” North Kore­an Review Online, 2020

“Rev­o­lu­tion and Revival: Ide­ol­o­gy and Faith in North Korea,” Sino-NK, 23 June 2017.

“Vol­cano on the Hori­zon: Thae Yong-ho and the Pol­i­tics of Speech,” Sino-NK, 29 March 2017

“A Mas­ter Class in the Schol­ar­ly Treat­ment of Defec­tor Voic­es,” Sino-NK, 27 Novem­ber 2015

“Nar­ra­tive & Empire: Visions of the Past, Visions of the Future,” Sino-NK, 13 July 2015

“Chil­dren of the Rev­o­lu­tion: Child­hood Pol­i­cy & Prac­tices in North Korea, 1945–1950,” Sino-NK, 27 Decem­ber 2013

“Leader as Teacher, Leader as Scribe”: An Intro­duc­tion to North Kore­an Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture, Part Two, Sino-NK, 7 Octo­ber 2013. 

“Still Quite Fun To Read”: An Intro­duc­tion to North Kore­an Chil­dren’s Litear­ture, Part One, Sino-NK, 17 Sep­tem­ber 2013. 

Be Pre­pared! Reflec­tions On the North Kore­an Children’s Union,” Sino-NK, 13 June 2013

“Reflec­tions on Yodok Sto­ries,” Asia Rights: Jour­nal of Human Rights, Media and Soci­ety in Asia and the Pacif­ic, 11 Feb­ru­ary 2013

Select­ed Media Appearances

Natalya Portyako­va,  Кто, если не Ким: кому приписывают будущее лидерство в КНДР, Izves­tia, 26 April 2020. (In Russian)

Eliz­a­beth Shim, “Kim Jong Un Strug­gling Against South Korea Influ­ence,” UPI, 2 April 2020.

Cátia Bruno, “Uma cri­ança com fome não con­segue pen­sar em políti­ca ou liber­dade: A real­i­dade dura da infân­cia na Cor­eia do Norte,” Obser­vador (Lis­bon), 27 Feb­ru­ary 2019.

Life & Work of Edward Lear,” Inter­view with Lish Fejer, ABC Radio Can­ber­ra, Sun­day Brunch, 23 July 2017.

What does a children’s sto­ry by Kim Jong-il tell us about North Korea?” Inter­view with Dan Damon, BBC World Ser­vice, World Update, 20 Jan­u­ary 2014

North Kore­a’s Sto­ry­telling Auto­crats,” Inter­view with Ali­son Gee, BBC News Mag­a­zine, 19 Feb­ru­ary 2014

North Kore­an dic­ta­tors revealed as chil­dren’s authors” Inter­view with Ali­son Flood, The Guardian (Lon­don), 13 March 2014

Children’s Cul­ture in North Korea,” Inter­view with Kurt Achin,, 9 May 2014.

 “Images of North Kore­an Children’s Lit,” Video Inter­view with Kurt Achin,, 26 May 2014.

 “Behind the Tweed: Lit­er­a­ture for DPRK kids,” Inter­view with Rebec­ca Hunt­ley, ABC Radio Nation­al, 4 July 2014.