Mark E. Byington
Mark E. Byington, founder and project director of the Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute, Harvard University, serves also as editor of Early Korea, an edited serial publication focused on early Korean history and archaeology. He is also the series editor for the Early Korea Project Occasional Series. He received an A.M. degree from the Regional Studies East Asia program at Harvard (1996) and a Ph.D. degree from the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard (2003), with a research focus on the early history and archaeology of the Korean peninsula and northeastern China. His primary research interest centers on the formation and development of early Korean states, particularly Koguryŏ and Puyŏ. In 1997 and 1998 he conducted research at Jilin University in Northeast China with a focus on the history and archaeology of the Puyŏ and Koguryŏ states. In 2006 he established the Early Korea Project at Harvard University to concentrate resources toward the development of the fields of early Korean history and archaeology in the English language. In the process of this establishment he secured multi-year grants from the Korea Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies and the Northeast Asian History Foundation. In 2009 he taught a course titled “Adventures in Early Korean History and Archaeology” for the Harvard Summer School program, held at Ewha University in Seoul.