University of Seoul, Seoul Korea
December 2007–December 2008
Dr. Kun Lee, (B.S., Mathematics, Seoul National University; M.S. Mathematics and M.A., Sociology, Rutgers University; Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University), a Professor of Urban Sociology from the University of Seoul, spent a year-long sabbatical at the UCSB Department of Geography as a visiting scholar. He spent his time at spatial@ucsb learning to apply GIS to his research interests, which include survey methodology, census studies, and the labor market. Asked why he chose UCSB in particular, Dr. Lee commented: “Having once lived on the east coast, I wanted to experience the California life style; I wanted to be in a non-urban setting, but within a short distance of urban culture; and many people recommended the Department of Geography at UCSB as the best place to go if I wanted to learn GIS and how to apply spatial thinking to sociological research.”
Dr. Lee particularly enjoyed visiting downtown Santa Barbara and the UCSB lagoon area, trying to understand geographical data. An avid walker, he trained daily for one and a half hours, hiking the trails to/around Coal Oil Point and the Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Grove.