Mercyhurst University

Michael Lamm, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

CAE 310

(814) 824-3124

Assistant Professor Michael D. Lamm, known professionally as Michael Lammbrau or (마이클 람브라우) in Korean, is one of our newest faculty members to the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences. 

Mr. Lamm, a Mercyhurst University class of 2006 alumnus, former US Army Intelligence Analyst, joins us after spending nearly a decade studying, living, and working in Korea. After graduating from Mercyhurst University in 2006, he enlisted in the US Army were he served as a Korean Linguist and Intelligence Professional until 2010.  He briefly worked as an Intelligence Analyst in Washington D.C. before returning to Korea in 2011 to complete his M.A. at Korea University and is now in the final stages of his Ph.D at the University of North Korean Studies. 

His fluency in Korean enabled him to build on the ground experience with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, foundations, and businesses working in Inter-Korean relations on the Korean Peninsula. 

He currently also works with the recently founded U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Arirang Institute, which focuses on strengthening ties in East Asia through “People to People” Diplomacy.  His work in Korea, as the Seoul Bureau Chief of Arirang Institute, has resulted in grabbing the attention of the national Korean media, where they were the subject of two documentaries. He currently writes and appears for Korean news outlets as an expert on culture and Inter-Korean relations. 

His current academic work focuses on the application of machine learning methods in text analysis, both supervised and unsupervised, to analyze patterns in North Korean news outlets and provide predictive modeling of North Korean provocations. 


B.A., Mercyhurst University

M.A., Korea University

Ph.D., North Korean Studies University (ABD)

Courses Taught

RIAP 177: Introduction to Intelligence Studies

RIAP 317/DATA 550: Data Visualization

Professor Lamm has also taught introduction to data analysis, text analysis, and social network theory. He is a special lecturer and guest speaker on Inter-Korean relations and Korean culture.