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 2017: Tuesdays 9:30AM to 10:50AM, 4:30PM to 5PM
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Ph.D., Harvard, '99
A.M., Harvard, '93
B.A., UCLA, '91

Recent Courses: 
  • EALC 003 Introduction to Korean Civilization
  • EALC 007 East Asia: Past and Present
  • EALC 081 Premodern Korea: Philosophers, Warriors, and Slaves
  • EALC 082 Modern Korea
  • EALC 183 Readings in Korean History
  • EALC 303 Major Seminar: Korea and Empires
  • EALC 583 Readings in Korean History
Brief Biography: 

I am an American Koreanist especially interested in sociopolitical history of early modern and the turn-of-the twentieth-century Korea. The author of Between Dreams and Reality: The Military Examination in Chosŏn Korea, 1600–1894 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2007) and A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the Birth of Modern Korea (Stanford University Press, 2014), currently I am pursuing three book projects. One is my third monograph, Progeny of Fallen Royals: The Koryŏ Wang in Chosŏn Korea (under contract with Stanford University Press), which examines positions occupied by the descendants of Koryŏ dynasty in Chosŏn and modern Korean society. With Kirk W. Larsen and Yi Tae-Jin, I am editing Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn's Vision of Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism, featuring contributions by American, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scholars examining potentials, impact, and limitations of a visionary Pan-Asianist. With George L. Kallander and Michael J. Pettid, I am also editing The Cambridge History of Korea, Volume 3: The Chosŏn Dynasty, 1392–1910. Overall fascinated with origins, relationships, and representations, other areas of my interest include genealogy, genetics, paleoanthropology, and portraiture.

Curriculum vitae: 


Selected Publications: 


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, 1600–1894Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center.

Peer Reviewed Articles

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 추구—근대 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 이강한. Yŏksa 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 지위—태종-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. 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

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 주체성—전문직 중인 및 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. 

2003  “Local Elites, Descent, and Status Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century Korea: Some Observations on the County Notable Listings in the Chosŏn Hwanyŏ Sŭngnam.” In Han’guksa e issŏsŏ chibang kwa chungang 한국사에 있어서 지방과 중앙 [The periphery and the center in Korean history], edited by Chŏng Tuhŭi 정두희 and Edward J. Shultz, pp. 205–225. Seoul: Sŏgang taehakkyo ch’ulp’anbu 서강대학교 출판부.