Caleb Kelso-Marsh


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I am an Associate Lecturer in Korean Studies/Asian Studies. Prior to this I was in the Korea Research Centre at UWA where I was tasked with developing new coursework offerings for the Korean Studies program at UWA. In this role I created three microcredential units, KOREM201 Korea and Its Neighbours, KOREM202 Foundations of Korean Law and Society, and KOREM203 Australia-Korea Relations.

I am also concurrently undertaking a PhD in Asian Studies at UWA. My PhD is on Korean film noir and particularly considers how Korean filmmakers have engaged with cinematic forms from Japan, Hong Kong and Hollywood. Between 2019 and 2021 I completed a Graduate Diploma of Korean Language at Sogang University on a Korea Foundation Fellowship for Language Training scholarship.

Prior to undertaking my PhD I graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction, a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in English and Creative Arts, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law. My legal studies were heavily focused on the Chinese legal system, and as a part of my Law degree I wrote a legal research paper on the Chinese legal system under Chairman Mao. Because of this Asia focus I spent much of my undergraduate degree studying abroad in East Asia.

Because of this Asia focus I received a 2012 Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award to study at Yonsei University, and this experience proved to be formative. It was during my time at Yonsei that I first studied film noir and also experienced Korean culture firsthand. Upon returning to Australia I decided not to practise Law and instead went on to undertake Honours in English and Creative Arts, for which I wrote a thesis titled It's Chinatown: Orientalist Discourse and the City in the Noir Tradition


Teaching overview

ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures

ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern

ASIA2001 Culture, Society and the State in Asia

ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia

ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture

ASIA3005 Autocracy and Democracy in Asia

ASIA3006 Contemporary Korean Society

KORE2811 Readings in Korean Language and Culture

KOREM201 Korea and Its Neighbours

KOREM202 Foundations of Korean Law and Society

KOREM203 Australia-Korea Relations



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, LLB (Dist), Murdoch University

English and Creative Arts, BA (Hons), Murdoch University

Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Law, PgCertChinLaw, Murdoch University

Korean Language, GradDip, Sogang University


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