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New Pigott McCone Chair

Written by Laura Paskin, College of Arts and Sciences
January 5, 2011

Haejeong Hazel Hahn will be installed as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities for 2010-12 on Tuesday, January 11, at 4 p.m. in Campion Hall. Hahn, who joined the faculty in 2000, is associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. At her installation ceremony, she will present “Indo-China, Chin-India or Farther India? Geographical Imagination and the Place of Indochina in the French Empire.”  

Hahn, who is fluent in French and Korean, received her Ph.D. and M.A. in History at the University of California-Berkeley and a B.A. in history from Wellesley College. Her research focuses on European urban history, European imperialism, and Southeast Asian urban and cultural history. She recently published Scenes of Parisian Modernity: Culture and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently working on a book, Cultures of Travel in the Nineteenth Century, a history of urban planning in French Indochina, and articles on representations of empires in the French and English illustrated press. She is also a co-editor of Architectural-ized Asia which revises perceptions of Asia in the eyes of historians, architectural historians, and geographers through architectural mapping and representation of the continent of Asia.  

Hahn is the first member of the Department of History be chosen as the Pigott McCone Endowed Chair, which recognizes scholarship and outstanding teaching of a member of the Arts and Sciences faculty.