Hesung Chun Koh is the Chair and President of East Rock Institute and the Director Emerita of Research and Development and of the East Asian Area Research Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University. Dr. Koh has taught at Boston University, Albertus Magnus College, Yale Law School, and Yale University. She was also a Visiting Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan (1979-1980, 1997-1998), and at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan (1998-1999).
Dr. Koh is the author or editor of five books and numerous articles on various aspects of East Asian culture, information systems, and comparative culture, including articles such as "Health Issues in Korean Americans"(1993) and "Cultural Perspectives on Korean American Cancer Control" (2003). Her current research has focused on the Korean diaspora.
Dr. Koh is the founder and Editor of The Korean and Korean American Studies Bulletin (1984-present) and the architect of the HRAF Cultural Information System (HACIS) and KOCIS (Korean Cultural Information System).
Dr. Koh has served on the National Academy of Science National Research Council, UNESCO, and on a panel of judges at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the cofounder of East Rock Institute along with her late husband, Professor Kwang Lim Koh. The East Rock Institute, which was founded in 1952, is the oldest Korean cultural institute in the United States.