Eugène Park | Global Studies



Eugene Y. (Gene) Park has been a historian of East Asia, particularly Korean politics and society, since the 14th century. After studying at UCLA and Harvard, Park did post-doctoral research with the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale (2000) and held faculty positions at the University of California, Irvine (2000-09) , University of Pennsylvania (2009-20), where he was Director of the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies (2010-19) and University of Nevada, Reno (since 2020). Park has also taught at Harvard, Korea University, McGill, Seoul National University, and Yonsei University, and has given some 60 guest lectures, speeches or presentations, including the 26th Annual Stanley Spector Lecture. Memorial on East Asian History and Civilization at the University of Washington. in Saint-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 an interest in genealogy, haplogroup genetics, physical anthropology, portraiture, and religious studies. He has been a consultant to Who do you think you are? (Wall to Wall Productions / George IV Productions), Find your roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS) and In 2016, Park co-chaired the organizing committee for the Eighth Biennial World Congress of Korean Studies.

Interest research

  • East Asian History
  • Korea
  • Sociopolitical history
  • Genealogy


  • A genealogy of dissent: the descendants of Korea’s fallen royal family from Chosŏn (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018).
  • Chosŏn muin ŭi yŏksa, 1600–1894 nyŏn 무인 의 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: A Chunggŭn’s Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017), edited with Yi Tae-Jin and Kirk W. Larsen.
  • An unimportant family: the descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the birth of modern Korea (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014).
  • Between dreams and reality: the military examination at the end of 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: Nature and Culture Themes: Genes, Environment and World History
  • HIST 705: Higher Readings in History

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