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Yohan Yoo

Professor at Department of Religious Studies at Seoul National University

About Me

Yohan Yoo is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. His research takes a comparative perspective on broad religious issues, ranging from purity and pollution, iconic and performative aspects of sacred books, and general theory and method in the study of religion, to myth and contemporary literature.


Ph.D. (Comparative Religion), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2005.

M.A., M.Phil. (Religion), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2002, 2004.

B.A. (Religious Studies), Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1999, graduated with Distinguished Honors.

President , The Korean Society for Literature and Religion (2019- )

Secretary General and Member , Board of Trustees of Korean Association of Religious Studies (2017-2018)

Member , Steering Committee of Korean Religions Unit, American Academy of Religion (2018-)

Member , Editorial Board of Reading Religion, A Publication of American Academy of Religion (2018- )

Member , Board of Trustees of SCRIPT—the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts (2015- )

Member, Editorial Board of Korean Journal of Religious Studies (2014- )

Member , American Academy of Religion (2002- )

Yoo is the author in Korean of:

Religious People Using Symbolism (2009),

Myths of Our Era (2012),

Religion, Symbolism, Human Beings (2014),

and more than 30 articles and chapters in academic journals and books.

He also translated and published three English books into Korean.

Courses and Programs taught by Yohan Yoo