Albert L. Park, Ph.D.

Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies



Areas of Expertise

Design & Architecture
East Asian History & Political Economy
Korean History
Modern Japanese History


Albert L. Park is the Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies at Claremont McKenna College. As a historian of modern Korea and East Asia, his current research project focuses on the roots of environmentalism in modern Korean history and its relationship to locality and local autonomy. This book project is tentatively titled Imagining Nature and the Creation of Environmental Movements in Modern Korea. He is the author of Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea and is the co-editor of Forces of Nature: New Perspectives on Korean Environments and Encountering Modernity: Christianity and East Asia. Dr. Park is the Director of EnviroLab—a Henry Luce Foundation-funded initiative at the Claremont Colleges ($1.5 million award) that carries out research on environmental issues through a cross disciplinary lens. Alongside being an Associate Editor at the Journal of Asian Studies, he is the founder and the Co-Editor of the book series Environments of East Asia--an open-access, multidisciplinary book series on environmental issues in East Asia that is published by Cornell University Press and supported by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. He is the recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships for Research, an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)/Japan Foundation and fellowships from the Korea Foundation and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. Dr. Park serves on the Advisory Board for the Abe Program at the SSRC and on the Board of Trustees at McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL). A native of Chicago, he received his B.A. with honors from Northwestern University, an M.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.  


B.A., Northwestern University; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Chicago

Awards and Affiliations


Japan Foundation--Japan-U.S. Global Partnership--$200,000 grant (July 2023-June 2025) to support a multi-disciplinary project on the relationship between Globalization, demographic changes, the rural and the elderly/elder care technology in Japan, U.S.A., and Asia (Project Director and Co-PI)

The Henry Luce Foundation Grant to Support Environments of East Asia--A Book Series Published by Cornell University Press ($240,000), February 2021

Fulbright Research  Fellowship to South Korea (Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, CIES), 2018-2019

Abe Fellowship (Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership), 2017/18-2022

LIASE Implementation Grant for EnviroLab Asia (Henry Luce Foundation), $1.4 million, 2017-Present

EnviroLab Asia at the Claremont Colleges--Exploration Grant from Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE, Henry Luce Foundation), $100,000, 2015-2016

Association for Asian Studies NEAC Korean Studies Grants Short-Term Research Travel Outside North America, Spring 2014

Fulbright Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship, 2010-2011 (Yonsei University, Institute for State Governance Studies)

Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship, 2010-2011--Awarded

Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Award, 2006-2007--Awarded

Fulbright Hays Doctoral Research Abroad, 2002-2003 (Yonsei University, Institute for Korean Studies)

Fulbright IIE Fellowship (Korea)--Awarded


Founder and Co-Editor, Environments of East Asia--a multidisciplinary book series on environmental issues in East Asia (Cornell University Press)

Advisory Board of the Abe Program at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Associate Editor of Journal of Asian Studies (JAS)

Board Member of McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL

Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Member (2016-2019), Chair (2018-2019)

Award Committee Member for American Historical Association John K. Fairbank Book Award

Steering Committee for Alliance for Scholars Concerned about Korea (ASCK)

Research and Publications


Encountering Modernity: Christianity in East Asia and Asian America, Albert L Park and David Yoo, eds. (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2014).



CiViChon 1.0: City in a Village (Vienna Biennale 2021, MAK, Vienna Austria) Albert L. Park, Kyong Park and Annie Pedret (Project Directors), website:

                 CiViChon 1.0: City in a Village (Catalogue book for exhibition at Vienna Biennale 2021, MAK, Vienna, Austria),                                                                   Albert L. Park, Kyong Park and Annie Pedret (Project Directors) and Kyong Park (Editor of Exhibition Catalogue)



“Olympic Do-Over: How Olympic Redevelopment Erased South Korea’s Past, Twice,” Edge Effects (published by the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) at the University of Wisconsin), February 15, 2018 (published online).

“What We Need to Understand in Order to Design Inclusive Rural Development,” Policy Context Briefs. Published by the Pacific Basin Research Center, Soka University, 2012.

"The Politics of Designing Agrarian Affairs in South Korea," On Korea (Published by the Korea Economic Institute), January 2012.


"Geographical Introduction: A Biography of the Korean Peninsula in Maps (with Marc Los Huertos)" in Forces of Nature: New Perspectives on Korean Environments. Edited by David Fedman, Eleana J. Kim and Albert L. Park (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2023).

"Epilogue: On Everyday Ecologies and Systems of Mediation (with Eleana J. Kim)" in in Forces of Nature: New Perspectives on Korean Environments. Edited by David Fedman, Eleana J. Kim and Albert L. Park (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2023).

“The Parallax Visions of Economic Democracy in South Korea—A Critique” in Polarization in Divided Societies: Korea in a Global Context , Edited by Youngmi Kim, Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

"Religion 1876-1910," in Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History. Edited by Michael J. Seth (London: Routledge, 2016).



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