Professor Carter J. Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, has been awarded the 2017 Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship for his recent publication, Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism 1866-1945 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016). The fellowships, supported by a fund established in memory of Walter Channing Cabot by Cabot’s wife Elizabeth Rogers Cabot and her children in 1905, are given annually to honor distinguished faculty members who have contributed to the advancement of scholarship in the fields of literature, history, or art. In
Matthew Lauer’s research focuses on social history and local history from Korea’s Chosŏn Period. His work consists primarily of close analysis of judicial and administrative records from that era. When analyzing these documents, he draws broadly from anthropological, sociological, and cultural methodologies to tease out insights into everyday life within the Chosŏn village. He is particularly interested in the practical realities of the lives of slaves and their position within the late-Chosŏn legal system. For his dissertation, he analyzed
Michael Prentice is a linguistic anthropologist who focuses on language, management, and technology in contemporary South Korea. For his dissertation, he spent a year as an ethnographer-intern inside a steel conglomerate in Seoul. His dissertation seeks to understand how control operates in South Korean corporate worlds through an emphasis on the forms of writing, technologies, and events that mediate office life. In contrast to the image of centralized and top-down control emanating from family-
Korea Institute 2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards for Korea-Related Research, Travel and Work
The Korea Institute at Harvard University promotes the study of Korea and brings together faculty, students, scholars, and visitors to create a leading Korean studies community at Harvard.Through the Korea Institute, Harvard offers resources for graduate and undergraduate students to study Korea. On campus in Cambridge, students take courses on Korea and may choose from a wide array of Korea-
The Korea Institute is pleased to announce the Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow in Korean Studies for academic year 2017-18: Dr. Peter Kwon.
Peter Banseok Kwon earned his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages (focus: Modern and Contemporary Korean History) at Harvard University in 2016. Peter’s dissertation, “The Anatomy of Chaju Kukpang: Military-Civilian Convergence in the Development of the South Korean Defense Industry under Park Chung Hee, 1968-1979,” examines South Korea’s chaju kukpang (‘self-reliant national defense’) policy for independent military