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Donald Clark, Ph.D.

Donald N. Clark was born in South America and educated in international schools in Colombia, Japan, and Korea. He attended Whitworth College, Washington State University, and the University of Washington before earning his M.A. and Harvard University. Since 1978 he has been teaching courses on China, Japan, Korea, and U.S. Diplomatic History in the Trinity History Department.

Between 1991 and 2006 Don was Director of International Studies and in 1999 founded the University's International Programs Office. Since 2006 he has been co-director, with Professor Stephen Field, of East Asian Studies at Trinity (the "EAST" Program, with special responsibility for grant management and direction of the EAST program's initiative in outreach and teacher training in the San Antonio area (the NCTA program). He is past chair of the Board of Directors of the ASIANetwork, a national consortium for liberal arts colleges with small Asian Studies program, and for decades has served on various bodies of the Association for Asian Studies.

Don Clark's scholarly interest is focused on the Korean peninsula where he has spent much of his life beginning with childhood as the son of Presbyterian missionaries. His experience in South Korea includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer, Social Science Research Council Fellow, and three-time Fulbright scholar in addition to frequent participation in short-term projects and conferences.

Selected Publications

  • Seoul Past and Present (with Allen D. Clark)(Royal Asiatic Society, 1969)
  • Discovering Seoul (with James H. Grayson)(Royal Asiatic Society, 1986)
  • Christianity in Modern Korea (University Press of America, 1986)
  • The Kwangju Uprising: Shadows over the Regime in South Korea(Westview, 1988)
  • Korea Briefing 1991 (The Asia Society, 1991)
  • Korea Briefing 1992 (The Asia Society, 1992)
  • Korea Briefing 1993 (The Asia Society, 1993)
  • The Koreans: Politics and Society (with Donald S. Macdonald)(Westview, 1996)
  • "Ming-Korean Tributary Relations, 1368-1644," in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. VIII (Cambridge, 1998)
  • Culture and Customs of Korea (Greenwood, 2000)
  • Living Dangerously in Korea: The Western Experience, 1900-1950(EastBridge, 2003)
  • Modern East Asia (with Conrad Schirokauer)(Wadsworth/Thomson, 2003; Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
  • Missionary Photography in Korea: Discovering the West Through Christianity (The Korea Society, 2010)
  • Korea in World History (Association for Asian Studies, 2012)

Community Service & Involvement

During Trinity University's latest capital campaign he was honored by a donor who endowed a chair in Chinese business called the Richard M. Burr and Donald N. Clark Chair in Business Administration. In the early 1980s Burr and Clark together inspired the donor to launch what became a successful career in trade with China. The donor, who has asked to be anonymous, was one of the first Trinity students ever to study abroad in China. 

In 2011, Don was also honored with a 3-year appointment as Murchison Professor of History.

At Trinity Don serves on the International Studies Committee, the Faculty Senate, the EAST faculty team, and the Korean Students Association (KSA) as faculty advisor.