James Hillmer




James got his PhD in Korean History and MA in East Asian Studies from UCLA. He went to the University of Wisconsin for undergrad where he was a History major.


While completing his PhD he taught courses in Korean history, language, cinema and pop culture. James was also a Fulbright Scholar and conducted dissertation research in South Korea for a total of two years.

Fun Facts and Hobbies

  • Biked over 2,000 total miles last year and climbed 50,000 ft biking this year.
  • Started a podcast in the quarantine and did freelance work producing a podcast on the intersection of parenting and writing.
  • Loves standup comedy and began hosting standup shows in his backyard.