Wonhee Cho

CGA Postdoctoral Fellow 2017

PhD in East Asian History

Yale University

Wonhee is now a full-time researcher at the Jangseogak Archives, Academy of Korean Studies, where he oversees the various ā€œglobalizationā€ projects. He received his PhD from Yale University (2014) for a dissertation on ā€œBeyond Tolerance: The Mongolsā€™ religious policies in Yuan China and ll-Khanate Iran (1200ā€“1368).ā€ He received his Bachelorā€™s degree in English Language & Literature and his Masterā€™s degree in Asian History from Seoul National University. As a historian of the Mongol empire (1206ā€“1368), Wonhee is particularly interested in religion, comparative empire studies, digital humanities, and cross-cultural interactions. 

Wonheeā€™s book project, entitled Empire and Religion: Politics of Difference and Negotiation in the Mongol Empire (1206ā€“1368), examines the different religions of the Mongol empire in China, namely Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, and Islam, and their interactions with the empire. During his tenure at NYU Shanghai, Wonhee completed two articles, both of which have been accepted for publication: ā€œNegotiated Privilege: The Tax Exemption Policies concerning Religion under the Mongol-Yuan Empireā€ (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, forthcoming), and ā€œFrom Military Leaders to Administrative Experts: The Biography of the ā€˜Treacherous Ministerā€™ TemĆ¼der and his Ancestorsā€ (Asiatische Studien ā€“ Ɖtudes Asiatiques). His forthcoming article, ā€œNegotiated Privilege: The Tax Exemption Policies concerning Religion under the Mongol-Yuan Empireā€ (Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 66-1), has been accepted for publication in 2020.


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