CKS Faculty Member Christopher Bae Wins $1.1 Million Grant

Christopher J. Bae (2010)Dr. Christopher J. Bae, an assistant professor in the UH Mānoa Department of Anthropology and a member of the Center for Korean Studies, has been awarded a $1.1 million research grant by the Academy of Korean Studies.

The award, funded by the Academy’s Korean Studies Promotion Service (KSPS) division, will be used to conduct paleoanthropological research in Korea from 2011 to 2015. It is one of only six proposals in the world being funded by KSPS.

Bae’s project, titled “The Earliest Peopling of the Korean Peninsula: Current Multidisciplinary Perspectives,” will develop an active long-term research program in Korea to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of East Asian human evolution during prehistory. “In particular, this project will integrate datasets from different social and natural science fields to reconstruct a synthetic view of human evolution in the region,” Bae explained.

The research project is multidisciplinary in nature and involves close collaboration with scientists from various institutions in Korea, England, and the United States. The proposal was strongly supported by the UH Mānoa Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences, and the Center for Korean Studies.

The president and other officials of the Academy of Korean Studies will join Prof. Bae and UH officials in a ceremony to sign a memorandum of agreement regarding the grant December 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Center for Korean Studies conference room.

For more information about Christopher Bae’s background, research interests, publications, and teaching, see http://www.anthropology.hawaii.edu/People/Faculty/Bae/index.html.