Fellows & Grantees

Albert Park

Abe Fellowship 2017
Project Title
Rural Ecology: Environmentalism, Building New Communities and Social Renewal in Korea and Japan
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Associate Professor of History, History, Claremont Colleges / Claremont McKenna College


Albert L. Park is the Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies in the Department of History at Claremont McKenna College. As a historian of modern Korea and East Asia, his current research project focuses on the roots of environmentalism in modern Korean history and its relationship to locality and local autonomy. This book project is tentatively titled Imagining Nature and the Creation of Environmental Movements in Modern Korea. He is the author of Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea and is the co-editor of Encountering Modernity: Christianity and East Asia. Dr. Park is Co-Principal Investigator of EnviroLab Asia—a Henry Luce Foundation-funded initiative at the Claremont Colleges that studies environmental issues in Asia through an interdisciplinary lens. He is the recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships, an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and fellowships from the Korea Foundation and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. A native of Chicago, he received his BA with honors from Northwestern University, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD in history from the University of Chicago.