Eugene Y. (Gene) Park, Ph.D.

Rick and Cathy Trachok Endowed Chair in International Studies; Professor
Gene Park

Summary

Eugene Y. (Gene) Park is a historian of East Asia, especially Korean politics and society since the 14th century. After studying at UCLA and Harvard, Park completed postdoc with the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale (2000) and has held faculty appointments at the University of California, Irvine (2000–09), the University of Pennsylvania (2009–20), where he served as director of the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies (2010–19) and the University of Nevada, Reno (since 2020). Park has also taught at Harvard, Korea University, McGill, Seoul National University and Yonsei University, as well as giving some 60 invited lectures, speeches, or presentations, including the 26th Annual Stanley Spector Memorial Lecture on East Asian History and Civilization at Washington University in St. Louis (2019). Author of four books, he is currently pursuing several projects, including a translation, Kim Ingeol, Politics of Public Opinion in Korea: Local Councils and People’s Assemblies, 1567–1894. Besides history, Park maintains interest in genealogy, haplogroup genetics, physical anthropology, portraiture and religious studies. He has served as a consultant to Who Do You Think You Are? (Wall-to-Wall Productions/George IV Productions), Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS) and Ancestry.com. In 2016 Park co-chaired the organizing committee of the Eighth Biennial World Congress of Korean Studies.

Research interests

  • East Asian history
  • Korea
  • Sociopolitical history
  • Genealogy

Books

  • A Genealogy of Dissent: The Progeny of Fallen Royals in Chosŏn Korea (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018).
  • Chosŏn muin ŭi yŏksa, 1600–1894 nyŏn 조선 무인의 역사, 1600~1894 [A history of Chosŏn military men, 1600–1894] (Seoul: P’urŭn yŏksa, 2018), translated by Yu Hyŏnjae 유현재.
  • Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn’s Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017), edited with Yi Tae-Jin and Kirk W. Larsen.
  • A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the Birth of Modern Korea (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014).
  • Between Dreams and Reality: The Military Examination in Late Chosŏn Korea, 1600–1894 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center, 2007).

Courses taught

  • HIST 209: World History II
  • HIST 211: History of East Asia I
  • HIST 306: History of Korea
  • HIST 488C/688C: Topics in Nature and Culture: Genes, Environment, and Global History
  • HIST 705: Graduate Readings in History

Education

  • Ph.D., East Asian languages and civilizations, Harvard University, 1999
  • A.M., regional studies East Asia, Harvard University, 1993
  • B.A., history, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991