Early life and education
Eckert was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Lawrence University, where he studied Western ancient and medieval history. Eckert then undertook graduate studies, earning a Master of Arts in 1968.
After graduating from Harvard, Eckert worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Korea. He later returned to the United States to undertake doctoral study in Korean and Japanese history at the University of Washington.
Eckert joined Harvard University in 1985.
- Korea, old and new: a history (1990)
- Offspring of Empire: The Koch'ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945 (1991); Nihon Teikoku no mōshigo: Kōshō no Kin ichizoku to Kankoku shihon shugi no shokuminchi kigen 1876-1945 (日本帝国の申し子: 高敞の金一族と韓国資本主義の植民地起源 1876-1945) (2004). Winner John K. Fairbank Prize
- Hanʼguk kŭndaehwa, kijŏk ŭi kwajŏng (한국근대화) Modernization of the Republic of Korea: a Miraculous Achievement (2005)
- American Historical Association, John K. Fairbank Prize
- Association for Asian Studies, John Whitney Hall Book Prize, 1994
- Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 1996–1997
- Korean Institute Profile: Carter J. Eckert — Harvard University
- Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Profile: Carter J. Eckert — Harvard University