Peter Banseok Kwon 권반석

Peter Banseok Kwon 권반석

Assistant Professor of Korean Studies
Department of East Asian Studies
Department of History
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Humanities 240

BA, University of California in Irvine

MA, Harvard University

PhD, Harvard University

Pete Kwon stands outside in a black suit and glasses against a cloudy sky.

On leave for Spring 2024

As a historian of modern Korea, Professor Kwon's research focuses on military-civilian relations during South Korea's postwar military modernization and how these dynamics intersect with the country's political, cultural, technological, and socioeconomic developments. More broadly, his interests include the relationship between authoritarian politics and civil society in East Asia, the global history of militarism, Korean nationalism, the interplay between security and technology, and the connections between Christianity and social movements.

His forthcoming book, Cornerstone of the Nation: The Defense Industry and the Building of Modern Korea under Park Chung Hee, is scheduled for publication by the Harvard University Asia Center Publications Program in February 2024.

Also available in paperback.