Kyuhyun Han

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

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz (in progress) 

M.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A. Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2017, Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grant

  • 2017, Association for Asian Studies China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) Small Grant

  • 2017, UCSC Institute for Humanities Research Summer Research Fellowship

  • 2016, UCSC History Department Pre-dissertation Grants 

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

  • 2015, UCSC History Department Pre-dissertation Grants 

  • 2013-2014, UCSC Regent’s Fellowship

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

  • 2011, ETS TOFEL Scholarship. ETS Korea 

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

Selected Presentations


  • “Seeing the Forest Like a State: Forest Management, Wildlife Conservation, and Center-Periphery Relations in Northeast China, 1949 – 1965” Friday Forum (Feb 10, 2017), 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  

Guest Lectures 

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

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

Teaching Interests

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