Hyeok Hweon Kang
Hyeok Hweon "H.H." Kang is a PhD Candidate in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard University, where he specializes in Korean military and institutional history. His research focuses on firearms technology and its adaptations in East Asia during the early modern period (1500-1800). His publications on the Military Revolution Debate used global perspectives to reassess military reforms of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910) and appeared in the Journal of World History and the Journal of Chinese Military History. His dissertation, tentatively titled "From Warfare to Welfare: Security Policy and Military Urbanism in Chosŏn Korea," aims to study the history of Korea's military institutions and their impact on the development of cities, commercialism and social change during the late Chosŏn period (1600-1910). His academic interests also include global history of climate change and violence, and ethnomusicology. As a graduate teaching fellow, he taught "The Two Koreas," Harvard's popular undergraduate course on Korean history, with Professor Carter J. Eckert. At Harvard, he also serves as graduate student associate at the Korea Institute, and resident tutor in history and fellowships advising at Lowell House, one of Harvard's undergraduate houses. A native of South Korea with upbringing in China and Guatemala, Hyeok Hweon received his undergraduate education at Emory University, where he studied History and Ethnomusicology on a Kemp Malone scholarship. In his free time, he enjoys accapella singing, playing basketball and learning new languages.