About Dr Pankaj Mohan

Dr Pankaj Mohan studied East Asian languages and history, initially at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and subsequently at Peking University, Beijing, Seoul National University and the Australian National University, Canberra from where he received his PhD degree. Prior to joining the University of Sydney in July 2002 as a tenured lecturer in Korean Studies, he taught at the Australian National University for several years and at the University of Copenhagen for three years. He has published numerous book chapters and papers on early Korean history and Korean Buddhism.

Dr Pankaj's research interests include:

  • Early Korean history
  • Buddhism, state and society in Northeast Asia
  • The Buddhist dimensions of Korea’s relations with China and Japan
Current projects:
  • The History of Koguryo
  • The Buddhist Policies of King Chinhung and the Rise of Silla
  • Silla: Religious Ideology and Political Developments

Selected publications

  • The Betrayal of Korean Nationalism By Seo Chung-seok, (Co-translated with Do-hyun Han), Kent: Global-Oriental 2007
  • The Roles of Monks Won'gwang and Chajang in the Formation of Early Silla Buddhism" In Korean Buddhism in Practice, edited by Robert E. Buswell, Jr. Princeton University Press (2007).pp. 51-64
  • Cakravartin and Relic-Cult in Early Silla: Chinese Antecedents and Korean Adaptations", Korean Buddhism in East Asian Perspectives, Jimmondang Publishers, Seoul, 2007, pp. 59-84
  • "Beyond the 'Nation-protecting' Paradigm: Recent Trends in the Studies of Korean Buddhism", The Review of Korean Studies Vol. 9, No. 1 2006 pp. 209-232
  • Royal Authority and Legitimation in Late 4th-Early 5th Century Koguryo-Focusing on the Evidence of King Kwanggaet'o Stele), Koguryo Yongu 21 (2005) pp. 505-535 ISSN 1226-1394
  • "The Uses of Buddhist and Shamanistic Symbolism in the Empowerment of Queen Sondok", International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture 5 (2005), pp. 131-144 ISSN 1598-7914
  • "Rescuing a Stone from Nationalism: A Fresh Perspective on the Kwanggaet'o Stele of Koguryo", Journal of Inner and East Asian Studies 1 (2004) pp. 91-115 ISSN 1738-6101
  • "Buddhist Kingship in Sixth Century Korea" The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 35 (2003), pp. 38-58 ISSN 0030-5340
  • "Maitreya Cult in Early Silla", Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (Seoul National University) Vol. 14 (2001) pp.148-173
  • Modern Korean History and Nationalism by Shin Yong-ha (Translated from Korean), Seoul: Jimoondang Publishing Co., (2000) 293 p