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Sunkyu Lee

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Email    sunkyulee22@gmail.com
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I am a historian of early modern East Asia and interested in the intersections among war, trade and cartography. My dissertation analyzes how maps created a new spatial imagination of a political boundary, from a more porous to a more definite borderline in China's inland and maritime frontiers from the 15th to the 17th centuries. I also have a strong interest in using digital media in research and teaching based on my training in the graduate certificate programs of writing pedagogy and digital humanities at UCLA. I received my B.A.s in International Relations from Seoul National University (SNU), Korea and M.A.s in Political Science from SNU.

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Grants and Awards

Selected awards include Dissertation Year Fellowship; Edward A. Dickson Fellowship in the History of Art; and Collegium University Teaching Fellowship.    

Conference Presentations

Recent conference and workshop presentations include the following:

  • “Violence at Sea and Territoriality in Late Ming-Qing China” (a presenter, the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Seattle, WA (Virtual), 23 March 2021) 
  • “Wall-building and Making of River Boundaries in Mid-fifteenth Century Chosŏn Korea,” (a panel organizer and a presenter, the 13th Kyujanggak International Symposium, Seoul, Korea (Virtual), 6 Nov 2020).

  • “The Grand Narrative of the Great Wall in the Mid-Sixteenth Century China,” (a presenter, the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies Scholars Forum, Los Angeles, CA (Virtual), 15 Oct 2020) 

  • “Mapping Coastal Waters against Piracy in Sixteenth Century China,”  (a panel organizer and a presenter, the Annual Conference of the AAS, Denver, CO, Mar 22, 2019)


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