Hajin Jun

James B. Palais Assistant Professor


Hajin Jun is currently the James B. Palais Assistant Professor of Korean History at the University of Washington, where she has a joint appointment in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of History. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 2019, she received her PhD in history from Stanford University and a BA in history and political science from the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching focus on modern Korean history, global Christianity, and the Japanese empire. Jun is currently completing her first monograph, Rites of One’s Own: Christianity, Rituals, and the Politics of Everyday Life in Colonial Korea, which explores ritual transformation as a lens to critically examine religious identity, social change, and colonial power in Korea under Japanese rule. This project is based on her PhD dissertation, for which she received the 2020 Elizabeth Spilman Rosenfield Prize for Outstanding Dissertation Writing. Her second book project will trace the cultural and social history of death in colonial Korea, playing close attention to material culture, death spaces, and criminalized beliefs and practices. Jun’s research has received funding support from various institutions, including the Academy of Korean Studies, the Korea Foundation, the Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council, the Mellon Foundation, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.


Stanford University, Ph.D. History, 2019

University of Michigan, B.A. History and Political Science, 2011