The Korea Society is pleased to announce the inaugural recipient of the Sherman Family Emerging Scholar Lecture Series award, Katrin F. Katz, a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. In a late September 2017 lecture at The Korea Society’s new headquarters, Dr. Katz draws from insights generated in her dissertation research on island disputes in Northeast Asia to frame discussion on the dynamics of South Korean nationalism in the Tokdo dispute. Dr. Katz holds degrees from Northwestern (June 2017), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Pennsylvania, and served with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, National Security Council, State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and Korea Fulbright Commission. The Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture Series is a central and enduring program of The Korea Society’s “Celebrating 60” year and benefits from an endowment supported by Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sherman; Mr. Sherman served as the Citi representative in Korea in the early 1970s. The award recognizes emerging thought leaders in Korean studies between dissertation and tenure-track levels at university or equivalents in non-profit, research or think tank organizations. The award aims at building a new generation of American thought leaders on Korea.