Kirk Larsen, Associate Professor

Department: History



Office: 2151 JFSB

Phone: 801-422-3445


Kirk W. Larsen is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University. Larsen received a PhD in history from Harvard University. He previously taught at the University of Texas—Austin and The George Washington University. His publications include Tradition, Treaties, and Trade: Qing Imperialism and Chosôn Korea, 1850–1910 and Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn’s Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism (co-editor with Yi T’ae-jin and Eugene Y. Park). He has published, presented, and commented on a variety of contemporary issues including East Asian foreign relations, North Korea, nationalism and elections in South Korea, and Sino-Korean relations. He has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, VOA, the Canadian Broadcast System, and Al Jazeera.


  • Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, 2000
  • AM in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard University, 1994
  • B.A. in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University, 1992

Research Interests

East Asian Foreign Relations
U.S.-East Asian Relations


  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award (students’ selection) from History Department, Brigham Young University, 2010
  • Bender Teaching Award from The George Washington University, 2006

Recent Publications