Michael Shiel Zdanovich

Michael Shiel Zdanovich

Michael Shiel Zdanovich


archaeology, etymology, east Asian history and politics, global affairs and issues, Pacific islands history and politics

I am one of two instructors in the MK Way Program at GMUK this year.  I previously taught MK Way courses in the spring and summer of 2021.  Prior to that I taught a variety of courses (Core, OCS, EAP and electives) as an adjunct instructor for the INTO program at George Mason University in Fairfax starting from the fall of 2018.  In previous years I taught Asian studies, history and political science at several different universities in the United States and overseas, principally in Japan and Samoa. I was also a Subject Matter Expert focusing on the Asia-Pacific region for the U.S. Marine Corps and assisted scholars and professionals interested in applying for Fulbright Scholar teaching and research grants in the Asia-Pacific region.

My wife, two adult children, and two cats continue to live in the United States while I work here in Korea.


Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and International Relations), Beloit College, Beloit Wisconsin, 1977

Teacher Certification in Secondary Education, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1981

Master of International Affairs (Economic and Political Development and Japanese Studies), Columbia University, New York, New York, 1988

All but dissertation of a Ph.D. (Pacific Islands Studies and Political Science), the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1995