Academic CV

Dr. Christopher Richardson

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

Master of International Security Studies, University of Sydney, 2011

PhD, “Childhood Policies & Practices in the DPRK: A Challenge to Korean Unification,” University of Sydney, 2016


“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

“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

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

“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

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.