Christopher Bae Selected to Receive Regents’ Medal for Research

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Christo­pher J. Bae, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of anthro­pol­o­gy, has been select­ed to receive the 2012 Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Research. The medal is award­ed by the Board of Regents to rec­og­nize schol­ar­ly con­tri­bu­tions that expand the bound­aries of knowl­edge and enrich the lives of stu­dents and the com­mu­ni­ty.

Bae was award­ed a $1.1 mil­lion research grant by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies in 2011 for a mul­ti­year, inter­na­tion­al project for pale­oan­thro­po­log­i­cal research in Korea. That project, which runs through 2015, is titled “The Ear­li­est Peo­pling of the Kore­an Penin­su­la: Cur­rent Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives.” It aims to devel­op a more com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of East Asian human evo­lu­tion dur­ing pre­his­to­ry.

Recip­i­ents of the Regents’ Medal are select­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty Research Coun­cil through a process that begins with nom­i­na­tions of out­stand­ing fac­ul­ty mem­bers, screen­ing by a com­mit­tee of for­mer award recip­i­ents, and eval­u­a­tions of the top nom­i­nees by lead­ing U.S. schol­ars in the can­di­dates’ spe­cial­ties.

One of three research medal win­ners for 2012, Bae will be rec­og­nized at a spe­cial UH Mānoa awards recep­tion May 9 at Col­lege Hill. The medal will be award­ed at the 2012 Con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny sched­uled for Sep­tem­ber 13, 2012. In addi­tion, Bae will be invit­ed to to give a pub­lic lec­ture ear­ly in the 2012 fall semes­ter.

For more infor­ma­tion about Bae’s research inter­ests, pub­li­ca­tions, and teach­ing, see

The Center’s fac­ul­ty includes one oth­er win­ner of the Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Research: Prof. Ho-min Sohn of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures in 2005. Three have won Regents’ Medals for Excel­lence in Teach­ing: Prof. Chan Ho Lee of the Depart­ment of Art and Art His­to­ry in 2011; Prof. Fred Lau of the Depart­ment of Music in 2010; and Prof. Sang Yee Cheon of the Depart­ment East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures in 2009.