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Haejeong Hazel Hahn, PhD

Department Chair, History
Professor, History
Affiliate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate, Asian Studies
Affiliate, Film and Media Studies


Haejeong Hazel Hahn CV (PDF)

H. Hazel Hahn was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to New York with her family in 1979. At Wellesley College she majored in history and spent her Junior year at Oxford University. She received a Ph.D in History at U.C. Berkeley. She is the author of Scenes of Parisian Modernity: Culture and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century (2009) and co-editor (with Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Ken Tadashi Oshima and Peter Christensen) of Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (2013), which was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2014. Her book project “Travel and Imagining the World in Nineteenth-Century France and Britain.” It treats topics such as French adventure stories; Arsène Lupin, a famous fictional French thief-detective; the Prince of Wales’ travel to India and Ceylon in 1875-76 (published in Postcolonial Studies); catastrophic visions of travel in the popular press; ethnographic exhibitions; and travel around the world. Her other book project, “Indochine: Urban and Architectural History, 1880-1945” is an urban, cultural, and architectural history covering urban planning, politics of municipal governance, and uses of urban spaces in colonial Hanoi and Saigon in particular. In addition, she is editing a book titled “Cross-Cultural Exchange in Southeast Asia and Europe in the Modern Era.” She teaches modern and early-modern European history; European imperialism; European and colonial cities; senior synthesis on historical narrative; historiography and historical theory; cultural heritage and cultural exchange; Southeast Asian history; city films and history; Asia in the world; and women’s history. She received a Chateaubriand Fellowship for Doctoral Research awarded by the French government. At Seattle University she was the 2010-12 Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair in Humanities and recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship Award of the College of Arts & Sciences in 2014. She led the Society of Architectural Historians Study Tour of 2016, to Vietnam and Cambodia.


  • Ph.D in History at U.C. Berkeley

Courses Taught

Film Courses: Film and History