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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

Christopher Bae, headshot

Christopher Bae

Christopher Bae is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He is also a full member of the Center for Korean Studies and the Center for Chinese Studies at UH Manoa.

Bae actively conducts paleoanthropological field and laboratory research in Korea, China and Japan and has published quite extensively. He has more than 50 publications to date, including three edited volumes and more than 35 journal articles, many of them appearing in high impact factor international peer reviewed journals.

Among his extramural research grants, Bae received a prestigious five year $1.2 million research grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (2010–2015) to investigate the question of the earliest peopling of the Korean Peninsula from a multidisciplinary research perspective.

Read a University of Hawai‘i Malamalama article on Bae.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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