History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sun-Young Park

Sun-Young Park

Sun-Young Park

Assistant Professor

19th-century Europe, modern France, architectural and urban history, cultural historiography and methods

Sun-Young Park is a cultural and architectural historian who specializes in 19th-century France. Her research focuses on the ways in which architectural history, urban history, and the history of medicine intersect. Her current book project, Building Bodies: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Post-Revolutionary Paris, examines how a wide-ranging hygienic discourse shaped various institutions and public spaces of the early nineteenth-century capital, from military training grounds and schools to commercial pleasure gardens and community swimming pools. Professor Park's second project will be on the history of disability, analyzing how architectural and urban developments in France accommodated (and at times failed to accommodate) blind, deaf, and physically handicapped subjects between 1750 and 1975. At GMU, she teaches courses on 19th-century Europe, French cultural history, and modern architectural and urban history. 

Professor Park received a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.Arch. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the Mathy Junior Faculty Award in the Humanities (GMU), the Whiting Foundation, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. 

Courses Taught


  • Gender, Sex, and the Modern City
  • Modernity and Body Politics
  • History of Paris
  • Disease, Medicine, and Society


  • Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • History of Modern Architecture