Peter M. Beck teaches at Yonsei University in Seoul and at the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. He writes a monthly column for Weekly Chosun and the Korea Herald. Previously, he was the executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and directed the International Crisis Group's Northeast Asia Project in Seoul. He was also the director of research and academic affairs at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington. He has served as a member of the Ministry of Unification's Policy Advisory Committee and as an adjunct faculty member at American, Ewha, and Georgetown universities.
He also has been a columnist for the Korean daily Donga Ilbo,an instructor at the University of California–San Diego, a translator for the Korea Foundation, and a staff assistant at Korea's National Assembly and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has published more than 100 academic and short articles in four languages, given more than 200 speeches in English and Korean, and conducted interviews with the world's leading media outlets. He received his BA from the University of California–Berkeley, completed the Korean language program at Seoul National University, and conducted his graduate studies at the University of California–San Diego's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.