Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Peter K. J. Park

Associate Professor (Emeritus)

Areas of Specialization:  Early Modern Europe, the European Enlightenment, German Intellectual History, Orientalism, History of Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy
Email:  [email protected]

Peter Park received a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined UTD in the fall of 2007 as Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and in 2013 became Associate Professor. He teaches historiography (theories and methods of historical research and writing), early modern Europe, the European Enlightenment, the history of philosophy, and comparative philosophy.

Dr. Park studies European colonialism, knowledge systems, cultural transfer, cultural canons, and identity. He has published articles and book chapters and has co-edited two books on historical and philosophical topics, including German Orientalism, comparative linguistics, early modern Jewish anti-Christian literature, philosophical skepticism, scientific racism in the Enlightenment, and German and French Enlightenment thinkers on China. He is the author of Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780-1830, winner of the 2016 Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Book. His current project is a study of European historical writers' inscribing of race into modern historiography at the time of historical writing's reformation in the Enlightenment.

He has won research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and the Francke Foundations. He has presented his research to academic audiences in Germany, India, Hong Kong, Turkey, South Africa, and the United States.

Work Samples and Publications: 

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999
BA, Hampshire College, 1995

Curriculum Vitae:  Peter K. J. Park's CV