Thomas Klassen
Thomas Klassen
School of Public Policy and Administration, York University
Research keywords: International education; labour market policy; income security policy; welfare state; South Korea; North Korea; East Asia
Professor Klassen is the author and editor of many books dealing with Korea, international education as well as ageing in Asia.

His most recent co-edited books are Asymmetric Neighbors and International Relations: Living in the Shadow of Elephants (2023) and Policy Analysis in South Korea (2023). His most recent co-authored is The Essential Guide to Studying Abroad: From Success in the Classroom to a Fulfilling Career (2020).

Other books he has co-edited in the past decade include Ageing in Asia-Pacific: Interdisciplinary and Comparative perspectives (2018), The Routledge Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administrations (2017), and Retirement in Japan and South Korea: The Past, the Present and the Future of Mandatory Retirement (2015).

During 2018 and during 2014–16, he was Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

His research interests include income security policy and the welfare state in comparative context particularly related to South Korea and North Korea. He is currently co-editing a book on contemporary Korean culture.

He has taught York University Summer Study Abroad courses in Seoul, South Korea, most recently in 2023. The courses allow York University undergraduate students to live and study in South Korea for a number of weeks. He also coordinated the North Korea Summer School: Inside North Korean Literature, Art and Film in 2022.