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박범순, Buhm Soon Park
Buhm Soon Park 박범순
  • Professor
  • Ph.D. in History of Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
  • History of Science, Anthropocene, Biomedicine and Society
  • parkb@kaist.edu

Biography

Buhm Soon Park is Professor in the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy and Director of the Center for Anthropocene Studies at KAIST. His specialty is in the history of twentieth-century science and policy in the US and in East Asia. He takes a historical and comparative approach to analyze the ways in which new scientific disciplines and technological systems emerge, grow, and change in society. He has numerous publications on the cases of quantum chemistry, synthetic biology, stem-cell research, and CRO-led clinical trials, and is expanding his interest to the areas of GMO/LMO, CRISPR, and post-genomic medicine. He has examined policy issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and justice of state-funded research. He has coauthored a book on the history of basic science in Korea and has coedited a book on how Asian countries sought to fill the technology gap with the West. His recent research explores the Anthropocene concept as a tool to understand the geohistorical transformation of East Asian countries during the modernization processes. He studies Anthropocene spaces in this region, such as the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the hometown-turned-industrial sites. His research topics also includes the deterioration of soil quality with the increased consumption of chemical fertilizers and the circulation of construction materials across national borders in East Asia.

Professor Park earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Seoul National University (1987) and received his PhD in the history of science from Johns Hopkins University (1999). He subsequently worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a postdoctoral fellow for several years before joining KAIST (2007). He spent a year at the Harvard Kennedy School’s STS Program as a senior visiting research fellow. He is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University as a visiting scholar. His service in professional societies include: President of the Korean Association of Science and Technology Studies and a Vice President of Korean History of Science Society. He is an elected member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.

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Selected Publications

  • Books

    Basic Science in Society: Institute for Basic Science and the New Ecology of Knowledge (Seoul: Hanwool, 2016), with Taemin Woo and Yoojung Shin (in Korean: 박범순, 우태민, 신유정, 『사회 속의 기초과학: 기초과학연구원과 새로운 지식 생태계』 (서울: 한울, 2016))


    Tomorrow’s City Today: Prospects for Standardising Sustainable Urban Development (London: University of Westminster, 2015), with Simon Joss et al.

  • Edited Books

    Science and Technology Policy: Theories and Issues (Seoul: Hanwool, 2015), with So Young Kim (in Korean: 박범순, 김소영, 『과학기술정책: 이론과 쟁점』 (서울: 한울, 2015))


    Bridging the Technology Gap: Historical Perspectives on Modern Asia (Seoul: Seoul National University Press, 2013), with Youngsoo Bae

  • Research Papers (since 2018)

    “Making Matters of Fraud: Sociomaterial Technology in the Case of Hwang and Schatten,” History of Science, 2020, 58(4): 393-416

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    “Anthropocenic Nature in the Pandemic: Social Distancing and the ‘More-than-human’ Biopolitics,” Space and Environment, 2020, 30(4): 51-84 with Jun Soo Kim, Myeong Ae Choi (in Korean: 김준수, 박범순, 최명애, “팬데믹과 인류세 자연: 사회적 거리두기와 ‘인간 너머’의 생명정치,” 『공간과 사회』,2020, 30(4): 51-84)

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    “Importing Scientific Institutions: The Politics of Benchmarking in the Establishment of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in South Korea,” Korean Journal for the History of Science, 2020, 42: 275-302, with Youjung Shin and Taemin Woo (in Korean: 신유정, 우태민, 박범순, “과학 제도의 수입: 기초과학연구원 설립에서 벤치마킹의 정치성,” 『한국과학사학회지』, 2020. 42:275-302)

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    “Environmental Sociology in the Anthropocene: New Questions,” Eco, 2019, 23(2): 7-41, with Myung Ae Choi (in Korean: 최명애, 박범순, “인류세 연구와 한국 환경사회학: 새로운 질문들”)

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    “Infrastructure-building for Public Health: The World Health Organization and Tuberculosis Control in South Korea, 1945-1963,” Korean Journal of Medical History, 2019, 28: 89-138, with Kyuri Kim

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    “Invited Clinical Trials: Biocapital, Ethical Variability, and the Industrialization of Clinical Trial in Korea,” Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 2018, 18(3): 1-44, with Hwasun Song (in Korean: 송화선, 박범순, “초대받은 임상시험: 한국 임상시험 산업화 과정에서 생명자본(Biocapital)과 윤리가변성(Ethical Variability),” 『과학기술학연구』, 2018, 18(3): 1-44))

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    “Building Capacity for a Global Genome Observatory: Institutional Design,” Trends in Biotechnology, 2018, 36(8): 741-743, with Krishanu Saha et al.

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    “Building Capacity for a Global Genome Observatory: Conceptual Challenges,” Trends in Biotechnology, 2018, 36(7): 639-641, with J. Benjamin Hurlbut et al.

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Courses

Graduate Courses
  • History of Modern Science
  • Biomedical and Health Policy
  • Survey in Anthropocene Studies
  • Institution and Policy
  • Science and Nationalism
Undergraduate Courses
  • History of Science
  • Science and Technology Policy