CKS Faculty Member Christopher Bae Wins $1.1 Million Grant

Christopher J. Bae (2010)Dr. Christo­pher J. Bae, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the UH noa 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 noa 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.