Hyowon entered the doctoral program in 2014, after studying German and Korean Literature at Seoul National University and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul where he received his M.A. in German Literature in 2009. In 2013, before joining NYU German Department, he also studied as a visiting graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He published two monographs on Walter Benjamin (2013) and on Korean Literature (2014) in Korean and translated
Infanzia e storia (2010) and
Pilato e Gesù (2015) of Giorgio Agamben,
Die Politische Theologie des Paulus of Jacob Taubes (2012) and, most recently,
Echolalias of Daniel Heller-Roazen (2015) into Korean. He also published two articles on Walter Benjamin in
Benjamin-Studien 3 (ed. Sigrid Weigel and Daniel Weidner, 2014) and in the special issue on Benjamin of
The Germanic Review (ed. Samuel Weber). His research interests include intellectual history of fin de siecle and Weimar era, political theology, and German-Jewish literature.