Eugene Y. Park

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Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History
Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies
Contact Information
Office Address: 
642 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2018: Monday, 3:00 to 5:00PM; Thursday, 12:30 to 1:30PM
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Ph.D., Harvard University, 1999
A.M., Harvard University, 1993
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1991

Recent Courses: 
  • EALC 003 Introduction to Korean Civilization
  • EALC 007 East Asia: Past and Present
  • EALC 183 Readings in Korean History
  • EALC 303 Major Seminar: Korea and Empires, 1864–1945 
  • EALC 583 Readings in Korean History
Brief Biography: 

I research in sociopolitical history of early modern and turn of the twentieth-century Korea. Born in South Korea and raised in southern California, I also have a long-standing interest in such areas as genealogy, portraiture, and religion. I am an author of four books: (1) Between Dreams and Reality: The Military Examination in Late Chosŏn Korea, 1600–1894 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2007); (2) A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the Birth of Modern Korea (Stanford University Press, 2014); (3) Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn’s Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism (Lexington Books, 2017), co-edited with Yi Tae-Jin and Kirk W. Larsen; and (4) A Genealogy of Dissent: The Progeny of Fallen Royals in Chosŏn Korea (Stanford University Press, 2018, in press). Currently I am working on two book projects, (1) editing (with George L. Kallander and Michael J. Pettid) The Cambridge History of Korea, vol. 3, The Chosŏn Dynasty, 1392–1910 (Cambridge University Press, proposal accepted); and (2) translating from Korean to English Kim Ingeol's monograph, The Politics of Public Discourse in Joseon Korea: Local Councils and People's Assemblies, 1724–1894 (Brill, proposal accepted). Beside Penn, I have also taught at Harvard, Korea, McGill, Seoul National, UC Irvine, Yale, and Yonsei.

Curriculum vitae: 


Selected Publications: 


(2018) A Genealogy of Dissent: The Progeny of Fallen Royals in Chosŏn Korea. Stanford: Stanford University Press. In press.

2014  A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the Birth of Modern Korea. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

2007  Between Dreams and Reality: The Military Examination in Late Chosŏn Korea, 1600–1894. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center.

Edited Volume

2017 Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn's Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism. With Yi Tae-Jin and Kirk W. Larsen. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Refereed Articles

2017  “Dynastic Change and Politicide in Early Modern Korea: The Chosŏn Persecution of the Koryŏ Wang, 1392–1413.” Journal of Asian History 51, no. 1: 5585.

2015  “The Phantasm of the Western Capital (Sŏgyŏng): Imperial Korea’s Redevelopment of P’yŏngyang, 1902–1908.” International Journal of Asian Studies 12, no. 2: 167–191.

2015  “Progeny of the Koryŏ Dynasty: The Kaesŏng Wang in Chosŏn Korea.” Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 28, no. 1: 1–28.

2013  “Old Status Trappings in a New World: The ‘Middle People’ (Chungin) and Genealogies in Modern Korea.” Journal of Family History 38, no. 2: 166–187.

2010  “Chosŏn hugi ŭi mukwa chedo wa Han’guk ŭi kŭndaesŏng” 조선후기의 무과제도와 한국의 근대성 (The Late Chosŏn Military Examination System and Korean Modernity). In Korean. Han’guk munhwa 한국문화 (Korean Culture) 51 (September): 299–319.

2008  “Saeroun kajoksa ŭi ch’ugu: kŭndae Han’guk ŭi chokpo p’yŏnch’an kwa chungin ch’ŭng ŭi panŭng” 새로운 가족사의 추구근대 한국의 족보편찬과 중인층의 반응 [A search for a new family history: genealogy compilation and the reactions of the chungin stratum in modern Korea]. In Korean. Translation by Yi Kanghan 이강한Yŏksa munje yŏn’gu 역사문제연구 (Critical Studies on Modern Korean History) 20 (October): 139–167.

2008 “Imagined Connections in Early Modern Korea, 1600–1894: Representations of Northern Elite Miryang Pak Lineages in Genealogies.” Seoul Journal of Korean Studies21, no. 1: 1–27.

2008  “Status and ‘Defunct’ Offices in Early Modern Korea: The Case of Five Guards Generals (Owijang), 1864–1910.” Journal of Social History 41, no. 3: 737–757.

2001  “Military Examination Graduates in Sixteenth-Century Korea: Political Upheaval, Social Change, and Security Crisis.” Journal of Asian History 35, no. 1: 1–57.

2001  “Military Examinations in Late Chosŏn, 1700–1863: Elite Substratification and Non-Elite Accommodation.” Korean Studies 25, no. 1: 1–50.

2001  “Chosŏn ch’ogi mukwa ch’ulsin ŭi sahoejŏk chiwi: T’aejong-Sŏngjong nyŏn’gan ŭi kŭpcheja rŭl chungsim ŭro” 조선초기 무과출신의 사회적 지위태종-성종년간의 급제자를 중심으로 [The social status of early Chosŏn military examination graduates: passers from the reign of T’aejong through that of Sŏngjong]. In Korean. Yŏksa wa hyŏnsil 역사와 현실 (Quarterly Review of Korean History) 39 (March): 100–126.

2000  “Military Examination Graduates in Early Chosŏn: Their Social Status in the Fifteenth Century.” Review of Korean Studies 3, no. 1: 123–156. 

Edited Volume Chapters

(2018)  “Japan and Korea.” In The Cambridge History of War, Volume III (1450–1850), edited by Gabor Agoston and David Parrott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Accepted for publication. 

2017  “Preface” and “Introduction.” In Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn’s Vision of Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism, edited by Kirk W. Larsen, Eugene Y. Park, and Yi Tae-Jin. Lanham: Lexington Books.

2012  “Kŭnhyŏndae Han’guk ŭi sinbun ŭisik kwa yŏksa ŭi chuch’esŏng: chŏnmunjik chungin mit husondŭl ŭi sŏndae insik ŭl chungsim ŭro” 근현대 한국의 신분의식과 역사의 주체성전문직 중인 후손들의 선대 인식 [Status consciousness and historical agency in modern Korea: the specialist chungin and the descendants’ notions of ancestry]. In Korean. In Hwai pudong ŭi Tong Asia hak 화이부동의 동아시아학 [East Asian studies of harmony without uniformity], edited by Sim Chaehun 심재훈, pp. 97–129. Seoul: P’urŭn yŏksa 푸른역사.

2006  “War and Peace in Premodern Korea: Institutional and Ideological Dimensions.” In The Military and South Korean Society, edited by Young-Key Kim-Renaud, R. Richard Grinker, and Kirk W. Larsen. The Sigur Center Asia Papers 26: 1–13.