Chihyung Jeon

Membership:  2018

Member Bio

Chihyung Jeon is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. He is also affiliated with the KAIST Institute for Disaster Studies, which was established in the wake of the Sewol ferry disaster in 2014 to conduct collaborative research on disasters. Trained in the history of technology and STS (science, technology & society), Jeon’s research interests include the sociocultural relationship between humans and technologies, the cultures of robotics and simulation, the entanglement of politics and engineering, and the sociotechnical understanding and education of disasters. As a Carson fellow, he plans to write about the Four Rivers Restoration Project (2008–2012), which has had enormous ecological, social, and political consequences in South Korea.


  • “A Good Life in Asia with Robots?” In The Good Life in Asia’s Digital 21st Century, edited by Digital Asia Hub, 165–69. Hong Kong: Digital Asia Hub, 2016.
  • “The Virtual Flier: Link Trainer, Flight Simulation, and Pilot Identity,” Technology and Culture 56 (2015): 28–53.
  • “The Other 90%, Warm Technology, and the Best Solution: A Critique of the Appropriate Technology Movement in South Korea,” Journal of Science and Technology Studies 14, no. 2 (2014): 127–64. [in Korean]
  • “Flying Weather Men and Robot Observers: Instruments, Inscriptions, and Identities in US Upper-Air Observation, 1920–1940,” History and Technology 26, no. 2 (2010): 119–45.
  • “A Road to Modernization and Unification: The Construction of the Gyeongbu Highway in South Korea,” Technology and Culture 51 (2010): 55–79.