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Hyemin Han

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Program: DAPS (PhD): Neuroscientific Moral Psychology
Admission Year: 2011

What were you doing before coming to Stanford GSE?
Before coming to Stanford University, I taught Ethics and Philosophy at Daein High School and Chungshin Girls' High School in Korea. My experience also includes computer programming and system engineering for semiconductor manufacturing. I received his BA in Ethics Education, BS in Astronomy and Bachelor minor in Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, and his MS in the Science, Technology and Society program, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea.

What are your research interests?
I am interested in the developmental process of moral formation and the neuroscientific basis of human morality. I participate in a research project that examines the role of truth, humility, and faith in the moral formation of exemplary individuals.

What are your academic/career goals post-GSE?
Upon completion of my Ph.D. course, I will become a scholar who focuses on neuroscientific moral psychology and its implications for moral education. I want to contribute to the development of moral psychological theory after finishing my Ph.D. course. My long-term goal is to become a professor at the university level, to give the upcoming generation an interdisciplinary perspective of human morality and to continue to do research in consilience of moral psychology.

Why did you choose to come to Stanford?
I think the most fascinating aspect of Stanford is the openness. Since I am pursing interdisciplinary study, I have to co-work with colleagues out of Stanford GSE. Thanks to low-barrier between schools and departments, now I am working with my colleagues both in and out of Stanford GSE very well. This aspect, openness, made me come to Stanford.

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