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Alyssa Park

Associate Professor
Modern Korean History
174 Schaeffer Hall
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Tuesday 1 - 3 pm Zoom, Wednesday 12:30 - 1:30 pm in person, or by appointment
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Alyssa Park is a historian of modern Korea, with allied interests in borderlands history, transnational migration and space, and empires in East Asia, including Russia.  She is the author of Sovereignty Experiments: Korean Migrants and the Building of Borders in Northeast Asia, 1860-1945 (Cornell University Press, July 2019), which explores how questions of sovereignty—claims over territorial borders and subjects—became a central concern to multiple states as they confronted the unprecedented mobility of Koreans.  Based on documents originating in Seoul, Vladivostok, St. Petersburg, and Manchuria, the book examines the history of the Korean community across China and Russia, illuminating the process by which this border region and people were claimed and imagined as parts of distinct nations and empires.

Dr. Park’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, ACLS / Mellon, International Research and Exchanges Board, Korea Foundation, and Fulbright-Hays.  She earned a PhD in history from Columbia University.


  • HIST:1607  Civilizations of Asia: Korea
  • HIST:2151  Intro to History Major — Global Asia
  • HIST:2151  Intro to History Major — Mapping “Korea” in East Asia: Ideas, Politics, and Society
  • HIST:3685  Modern Korean History
  • HIST:3996  Honors Thesis Workshop 
  • HIST:6135  Space and Borderlands of Asia
  • HIST:6158  Approaches to Teaching Global History
  • HIST:7622  Readings in Modern Korean History