Visiting Fellows

Won Seok Choi

Won Seok Choi

Country of origin: South Korea Visiting period: July 2018-January 2019 Faculty sponsor: Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D. Email:

Background and Previous Experience

Won Seok Choi, CRC, ACSW, is a Ph.D. candidate at Korea University (South Korea). He is the president of the board of employment promotion at Korea University, an advisor for the Center for People with Disabilities, and he has been working as a government official for the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK).  He has also worked as a government official in the Korean Employment Agency for People with Disabilities and as an adjunct professor in special education for the Graduate School of Education at Pyeongtaek University (South Korea).

Won Seok is interested in the human rights of people with disabilities, social/welfare policy, employment discrimination and promotion, and assistive technology for people with disabilities.

He has been a professional investigator of disability employment discrimination for more than 16 years. He has investigated social issues of disability and human rights violations in Korea. Currently, he is in charge of educational planning for the prevention of discrimination against persons with disabilities and human rights violations.

Current Research at ILR

Won Seok intends to research various laws, policies, and systems for the elimination of discrimination and promotion in employment at the Yang-Tan Institute (YTI), School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.

His current research project is titled The Creation of Employment for People with Disabilities and the Guarantee of Labor Rights. He will conduct comparative research on employment systems and policies for people with disabilities in South Korea and the United States. He studies guidelines, laws, and policies related to human rights for people with disabilities; employment discrimination; and advancement opportunities for people with disabilities.

In addition to these and other research projects, he will submit a national report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the United Nations in 2019.

Won Seok Choi