Timothy Gitzen is an anthropologist, a writer, a speaker, a teacher, and a queer activist. He is a phd candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and currently writing his dissertation and teaching Intro to LGBTQ Studies. His dissertation project concerns the relationship between queer politics and “national security” in South Korea as a site for transformations in state governance, subjectivity, and social relations. He has written on issues of Korean popular culture, gay sons and their mothers in Korea, and the relationship between military conscription and work. He is also a member of the activist organization Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea.