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Leonid Petrov graduated from St. Petersburg State University (1994) in Russia, where he majored in Korean History and Language. He obtained a PhD in History (2003) at the Australian National University (dissertation topic: “Socio-economic School and the Formation of North Korean Official Historiography”). In 2003-2005, Dr. Petrov taught Korean History at the Intercultural Institute of California (San Francisco) and Keimyung University (Daegu). In 2006-2007, he was Chair of Korean Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). In 2007-2009 he worked on “Historical Conflict and Reconciliation in East Asia” (ARC-ANU) and “North-South Interfaces on the Korean Peninsula” (CNRS-EHESS) projects.