Philip Gant (HEAL)
Philip Gant is a Ph.D. candidate in History and East Asian Languages (HEAL). His research focuses on the legal and social history of premodern East Asia -- Korea in particular. His dissertation follows the tortuous litigation in which Buddhist monasteries and monastics in Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910) grew increasingly enmeshed to arrive at views of an overlooked religious landscape.
Philip received his bachelor’s degree in History and East Asian Studies from Yale College.
From 2017 to 2019, he was a William R. Tyler Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., where he cataloged the library's East Asian rare books and integrated them into public collections highlights, exhibitions and workshops, as well as the Plant Humanities Initiative. In the field, he was a summer fellow at the Academy of Korean Studies, and a 2017-2018 visiting student at the Kyujanggak Institute at Seoul National University.
A Richard U. Light fellow and a Blakemore Freeman fellow in Seoul, Korea, Philip was a Greenberg/Yale-China Initiative scholar in Beijing, China and a Reischauer Institute summer language grantee in Kanazawa and in Yokohama, Japan.
On campus, he is a tutor at Kirkland House, Harvard College. Earlier in his career, Philip worked as a content editor for the massive open online course ChinaX. His work has been supported by the Y.B. Min University Fellowship, the Korea Institute, and the Korea Foundation.