Sun Joo Kim
Director of the Korea Institute
On leave 2014-15
Sun Joo Kim is Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. She began teaching Korean history at Harvard in 2001 after receiving her Ph.D. in Korean history from the University of Washington (2000). She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1992 and her bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) in 1984. Her latest book, Wrongful Deaths: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea, co-authored with Jungwon Kim at Columbia University, was published by the University of Washington Press in, 2014. Prof. Kim is also the author of Voice From The North: Resurrecting Regional Identity Through the Life and Work of Yi Shihang (1672-1736), published by Stanford University Press in 2013 and Marginality and Subversion in Korea: The Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion of 1812, published by the University of Washington Press in 2007. She is the editor of the books, The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture (Washington, 2010) and Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖 Illustration of My Places of Work (Minsokwon, 2012). Kim has a broad range of research interests in social and cultural history of Chosŏn Korea including regional history of the northern part of Korea, regional identity, historical memory, everyday lives of people, Korean art, and law and society. She has received a number of fellowships and grants since her graduate years, most recently and notably two Korea Foundation Advanced Research Grants (2003-4 and 2006-7), a Korea Research Foundation Overseas Korean Studies Grant (2004-6), and an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Research Fellowship (2009-11).