Min Tae Cha is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of History. As a historian of the nineteenth-century British Empire and U.S.A., he is primarily interested in the global histories of law and religion: especially in the competing and complementing norm-generating powers of both spheres, and the relative autonomy (or lack thereof) of one from the other.
His dissertation, provisionally entitled “Presbyterian Visions of Global Order: Religious Networks, Constitutionalism, and Empire, c.1830-c.1880”, shows that Presbyterian ecclesiology influenced developments in “secular liberal” constitutional movements and in case law. Through the medium of sectarian periodical publications, developments in Britain, the settlement colonies, and the USA influenced each other and took on a global significance.
Before entering Princeton, Cha received B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. degrees in history at Yonsei University.