CKS News: Call for Nominations for the 2022 Inaugural Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies

November 8, 2021

The Center for Korean Studies (CKS) at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce the inaugural Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies which will be awarded in 2022. This annual award is open and flexible regarding academic discipline. It encompasses the conventional areas of Korean Studies (i.e., humanities, arts and media, and social sciences) but also Korean Studies texts that engage the Korean diaspora and/or comparative approaches. $10,000 will be awarded to the author(s) whose nonfiction English-language academic monograph about Korea demonstrates outstanding scholarly merit, research prowess, and methodological innovation.

The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2022. A publisher can submit titles released in 2020 and 2021 that explore the subject of Korea. Authors can also take initiative and submit books independently. In either case, please send a digital version of the book (if available) for submission by email to or a physical copy to the following address for consideration:

Hong Yung Lee Book Award in Korean Studies
c/o Jinsoo An
Center for Korean Studies
University of California, Berkeley
1995 University Avenue, Room 510R
Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

The Center for Korean Studies establishes the policy and rules for the prize, appoints the selection committee for review, and administers the award event in honor of the awardee(s). The Koreanist faculty at UC Berkeley conduct the preliminary review of all submissions. Subsequently, the Center for Korean Studies forms an independent review committee composed of representatives from the field of Korean Studies outside UC Berkeley to review and assess the finalists’ books.

The result will be announced in the fall of 2022, followed by an award ceremony that includes the awardee(s)’s special lecture and an invited scholar respondent’s presentation at the Center for Korean Studies of UC Berkeley.

The late Prof. Hong Yung Lee (1939-2017) taught political science at Yale University and UC Berkeley. As Chair of the Center for Korean Studies in the formative years from the 1990s into the 2000s, he had a profound impact on the development of Korean Studies at UC Berkeley. He was also the first tenured Korean faculty member in the social sciences hired by the university. A scholar of comparative studies of East Asian politics and culture, Prof. Lee wrote numerous landmark articles about Korea in the English, Korean, and Chinese languages in addition to ground-breaking monographs about Chinese politics such as The Politics of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and From Revolutionary Cadres to Party Technocrats in Socialist China.

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