Kyuhyun Han

TitleGraduate Student
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
Email
OfficeHumanities & Social Sciences Bldg, rm 150 (Grad Lab)
Office Hours2016 Fall Quarter: 12:30 - 1:00 PM at Stevenson Cafe or by appointment
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Kyuhyun Han

Research Interests


  • My primary research interest is human-animal relations in modern Chinese history. My MA thesis was on the national animal collection of the so-called precious animals(珍贵动物), which designated wildlife that deserved special government protection, in the 1950s and 1960s People's Republic of China. I investigated the ways in which precious wildlife was linked to the larger issue of diplomacy, environmental consciousness, and territorial conflicts.I am currently working on the bureaucratic management of forestry and hunting in Northeast China in the early PRC, viewing forest as a site of the complicated relationship between the central government, local governments, local ethnic minorities, and the indigenous environment.  

  • Field of Interest 

  • Modern Chinese History,

  • Environmental History

  • History of Science,

  • Borderland History 

Honors, Awards and Grants


  • UCSC History Department Pre-dissertation Grants (2016, 205)d

  • Environmental Challenge Workshop Travel Grant, University of San Francisco (2016)

  • UCSC Regent’s Fellowship (2013)

  • Grade Excellence Award (Summa Cum Laude) Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea (2012) 

  • ETS TOFEL Scholarship. ETS Korea (2011)

  • Education Empowerment Project Scholarship, HUFS (2009) 

  • Study Abroad Scholarship, HUFS (2009) 

  • Chinese Bureau of Education Scholarship, Chinese Bureau of Education (2008) 

  • Grade Excellence Award, HUFS (2007, 2009)

Selected Presentations


  • “Late 18th Century Choson Korea” Guest lecture: (Dec, 03, 2015) at UCSC       

  • “Pests, Famine, and Giant Pandas” Guest Lecture: (Feb, 12, 2016) at UCSC 

  • “Precious Animals: State-Wildlife Relations in the People’s Republic of China, 1949 – 1965” (Apr, 29, 2016) 12th Graduate Students Symposium at UCSC   

Teaching Interests

Modern Chinese History, Modern East Asia, Early Modern East Asia, World History