Hyunhee Park

Hyunhee Park

Associate Professor
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2008 PhD
2003 MA
1997 BA
Yale University
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Seoul National University


Hyunhee PARK is an associate professor of history at the City University of New York, John Jay College, where she teaches courses about Chinese and global history. She received her BA in Asian and Western history at Seoul National University in 1997, her MA in East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2003, and her Ph.D. in history at Yale University in 2008. Her book Mapping the Chinese and Islamic Worlds: Cross-Cultural Exchange in Pre-Modern Asia published by Cambridge University Press in 2012 explores medieval contact and exchange between the Islamic World and China by utilizing geographic and cartographic information. She has broadened the focus of her prior research in terms of space, time, and methodology in her new research project, which encompasses world mapping and other types of information transfers spanning medieval Afro-Eurasia and the early modern Atlantic World, in order to explore their possible implications for global history.

She has been a visiting fellow with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the International Academy for China Studies (IACS) at Peking University, and the Confucius Institute (Hanban) to work on the history of cross-cultural contacts. Funding from the Confucius Institute and the Thyssen Foundation (Germany) allowed her to co-organize (with Ralph Kauz) an international conference “Chinese and Asian Geographical and Cartographical Views on Central Asia and its Adjacent Regions” held at University of Bonn, Germany, in January 10-11, 2014. She also serves as an assistant editor of an academic journal Crossroads – Studies on the History of Exchange Relations in the East Asian World.


Global Intellectual History; Cross-cultural Contacts in China, East Asia, Korea, Islamic World, the Mongol Empire, Afro-Eurasia and the Atlantic World; Information/Knowledge Transfers including Geography, Cartography, Foodways and Distillation.