History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sun-Young Park

Sun-Young Park

Sun-Young Park

Assistant Professor

European History: 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, Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary 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 disabled subjects between 1750 and the early twentieth century. 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 work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Society of Architectural Historians, 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

Graduate:

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

Undergraduate:

  • Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • History of Modern Architecture
  • Reading the Arts | Visualizing Modernity