Sandra H. Park


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Department of East Asian Studies

University of Arizona



Sandra H. Park


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Sandra H. Park


Curriculum vitae



Department of East Asian Studies

University of Arizona




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Dr. Sandra Park is a historian of modern Korea, religion and the global Cold War, and US empire. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona, where she is also affiliated with the Department of Religious Studies. Her first book project, tentatively titled Anointed Citizenship: Christianity, Border Crossing, and US Empire in the Korean War,  examines the politics of Christian refuge and conversion in the passage of North Koreans into "Free" South Korea that shaped the moral terms for who could become a good citizen in South Korea and the US military empire.

An interdisciplinary historian, she is interested in the entanglements between religion and Cold War politics of subject-making in Korea and the broader transpacific world. Her research also explores religious freedom & militarism, the making of the US empire in Asia, and the entanglement of Cold War South Korea with Korean America, as well as socialist secularization in North Korea. In 2020, her article "A Reverend on Trial: Debating the Proper Place of Christianity in the North Korean Revolution" appeared in the Journal of Korean Studies.

Sandra Park received her PhD from the Department of History at the University of Chicago, where she also received an MA in History and a BA in History with honors. Before joining the University of Arizona, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the GW Institute for Korean Studies.
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