Albert L. Park, Ph.D.

Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Design & Architecture, East Asian History & Political Economy, Environment, Korean History, Modern Japanese History

Albert Park
(909) 607-3931
Kravis Center 205

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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 Encountering Modernity: Christianity and East Asia. Dr. Park is the Co-Principal Investigator of EnviroLab Asia—a Henry Luce Foundation-funded initiative at the Claremont Colleges ($1.5 million award) that carries out research on environmental issues in Asia through a cross disciplinary lens. Alongside being an Associate Editor at the Journal of Asian Studies, he is the Co-Editor of the book series Environments of East Asia--a multidisciplinary book series on environmental issues in East Asia that is published by Cornell University Press. He is the recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships for Research, an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and fellowships from the Korea Foundation and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. 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

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

  • 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), 2018-2019

  • LIASE Implementation Grant for EnviroLab Asia (Henry Luce Foundation), $1.4 million, 2017-2021

  • 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


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

    Associate Editor of Journal of Asian Studies (JAS)

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

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

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