Songyeol Han is a Ph.D. candidate who is studying modern Korean history. He is writing his dissertation on the intellectual and cultural history of Sino-Korean relations during the early half of the twentieth century, including the Japanese colonial period (1919-1945). His recent paper, which is a part of his dissertation project entitled “De-centralizing China: Reading Chinese Books in Korea, 1882–1910,” won the Korean Studies Junior Scholar Paper Prize from the 8th World Congress of Korean Studies.
Before coming to Princeton, Songyeol graduated summa cum laude from Seoul National University with a BA in history. He has conducted research in Shanghai and Seoul and is currently a visiting student at Cornell University. His broad research interests include colonialism, print culture, and the Korean diaspora.