Hyun-Chin Lim is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Founding Director of Asia Center at Seoul National University. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Asian-Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. He taught and researched at Harvard, Chicago, University of California (San Diego), Duke, Paris Diderot, Free University of Berlin, and Vietnam National University (Hanoi), and Jilin University. He has received a number of honors, including Harvard-Yenching Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship and National Distinguished Scholar Fellowship. He was an editorial writer for Hankook Daily and a consultant at World Bank. He was previously the dean of Faculty of Liberal Education, the dean of the College of Social Sciences, and the founding director of Asia Center, all at Seoul National University. He worked as a member of the Executive Council, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. He also served as the president of professional associations including Korean Association of NGO Studies, Korean Sociological Association, International Development and Cooperation Association, Korean Association for Political Society, and Korean Social Science Research Council. In addition, he has been active in leading civil society in Korea working as a Co-Chair for Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice and for Citizens’ Coalition for Scientific Society.