Sandra H. Park


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GW Institute for Korean Studies


George Washington University



Sandra H. Park


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Sandra H. Park


Curriculum vitae



GW Institute for Korean Studies


George Washington University




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Dr. Sandra H. Park is a historian of modern Korea, specializing in religion, Cold War, and US empire. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the GW Institute for Korean Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, where she is revising her doctoral dissertation into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Anointed Citizenship: Christianity, Border Crossing, and Empire in the Korean War. Based on extensive research across missionary, military, and government archives, this project examines the politics of Christian refuge and conversion in the passage of North Koreans into "Free" South Korea that shaped the terms for who could become a good citizen in South Korea and the US Cold War empire.

As an interdisciplinary historian, she is also interested  in the entanglements between religion and Cold War politics in the broader transpacific world. Her research also explores religious freedom & militarism, the making of the US empire in Asia, and the politics of religious devotion in Korean America, as well as religion and socialist secularization in North Korea. In 2020, her article, titled "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 in History in modern Korean history in August 2022 from the University of Chicago, where she received an MA in History in 2016 and a BA in History with honors in 2013.

As an instructor, she has taught broadly on the Korean peninsula and global Cold War, including a course on religion and politics in Korea for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a course on religious freedom and the Cold War for the University of Chicago's Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. This fall, she is teaching an undergraduate seminar on the Korean War at George Washington University and mentoring undergraduate research fellows at GWIKS.
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