Mr Allan Simpson

Mr Allan Simpson

Language Teacher (Korean)

Language Centre

Room No
English, Korean
Key Expertise
Korean language teaching

About me

My major research interests are in the field of queer studies, Korean studies and contemporary film and literature. My PhD research looks into the contemporary works of female South Korean novelist Kim Hyena; particularly, I explore adaptions and failures of ‘queer theory’ in South Korean contexts; class; family; queer bodies and performative gestures; and utopian theory. I also look at other contemporary South Korean LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-, queer)+ activists, artists, authors, and filmmakers.

I enjoy teaching Korean as a foreign language, and have done so since 2010 both voluntarily and as a paid teacher at secondary schools and universities. In 2010 I founded and ran the Pegasus Society for Korean Studies, an online-based collective of university students and others teaching Korean and Korean studies subjects to people of varying ages and backgrounds, around the world. I co-founded and am on the organising committee of Queer Asia, a network set up to provide a platform for those engaged in research, art, and/or activism intersecting at the fields of ‘queer’ and ‘Asian’. We organise various events and host an annual conference. My main hobby is writing and performing poetry.

Expertise Details

Korean; Korean literature; Queer studies

About the Language Centre

LSE is a centre for the study of the social sciences and this is reflected in its Language Centre.

Our courses focus on language and society, encouraging you to learn how to use language in the contexts you would like to live, study and work in. We teach people to speak languages, but also teach about language (socio-linguistics and intercultural communication) and offer a range of courses on literature and society. 

We offer English for Academic Purposes programmes, BSc programmes a range of undergraduate degree courses that can be taken as part of a degree and a range of language options that can be taken outside of a degree programme. All programmes and courses relate language study and support to the fields of interest of social science students.