Mr Allan Simpson

Mr Allan Simpson

Language Teacher (Korean)

Language Centre

Room No

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.


Korean; Korean literature; Queer studies

About the Language Centre

The Language Centre here at the London School of Economics reflects the specialist nature of the School itself, namely, a world class institution where the quality of teaching and research is paramount.

LSE is not just a multi-national university but also a multi-lingual one.

We offer English for Academic Purposes programmes, undergraduate degree courses and a range of language options that you can take outside of your main degree programme. All programmes and courses relate language study and support to the fields of interest of social science students.

The Language Centre is part of LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division.

About the Academic and Professional Development Division

The units in LSE’s Academic and Professional Development Division run degree programmes, courses and events; offer advice, opportunities and funding to advance the development of academic staff and students; and support the implementation of educational strategy and policy across the School.

LSE Educational Strategy Unit            

The School’s new Educational Strategy Unit has been established to support the communication of educational strategy, policy and practice at LSE and in particular to facilitate the implementation and progress of the LSE Education Strategy 2015-2020.       

LSE Language Centre            

The Language Centre provides language courses, language support and services to LSE undergraduate students, post-graduate students, research students, LSE alumni, LSE staff and external students.                                            

LSE LIFE            

LSE LIFE is the new academic, personal and professional development centre for undergraduate and taught master’s students, housed in bespoke space on the ground floor of the Library and offering hundreds of events, workshops and one to one sessions each term.                                


LSE’s flagship interdisciplinary course, LSE100: Thinking like a social scientist, introduces undergraduate students to the ways in which different disciplines analyse some of the major issues confronting contemporary societies.            

LSE Teaching and Learning Centre            

LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre offers events, formal qualifications and a range of development and funding opportunities to academic staff and those with teaching roles across the School.