Sun Joo Kim

Sun Joo Kim

Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History
Korea Institute, Director
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Sun Joo Kim

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 in 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. She has a broad range of research interests in social and cultural history of Chosŏn Korea (1392–1910) including regional history of the northern part of Korea, regional identity, historical memory, everyday lives of people, law and society, and art history.

She is the author of Voice From The North: Resurrecting Regional Identity Through the Life and Work of Yi Shihang (16721736), 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. Her latest book, Wrongful Deaths: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea, published by the University of Washington Press in 2014, was co-authored with Jungwon Kim at Columbia University. She is the editor of the books, The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture (University of Washington Center for Korea Studies, 2010), Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖  Illustration of My Places of Work (Minsokwon, 2012), and Chejudo yŏhaeng ilchi 濟州嶋旅行日誌 Travelogue from Cheju Island (Minsokwon, 2016). Her research articles have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Korean Studies, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and Journal of Social History.

She was a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow, Harvard University (2014) and Professeure invitée (Invited Professor) at École des hautes études en sciences sociales in France (2016). 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).

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Books

Wrongful Deaths: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea, compiled and translated by Sun Joo Kim and Jungwon Kim (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014)

Voice from the North: Resurrecting Regional Identity through the Life and Work of Yi Sihang (1672–1736) (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013)

Marginality and Subversion in Korea: The Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion of 1812 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007)

Edited Books

Sun Joo Kim ed., Chejudo yŏhaeng ilchi 濟州嶋旅行日誌 Travelogue from Cheju Island (Seoul: Minsokwon, 2016) (Korean, Japanese, and English)

Sun Joo Kim ed., Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖 Illustration of My Places of Work (Seoul: Minsokwon, 2012) (Korean and English)

Sun Joo Kim ed., The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture (Seattle: University of Washington Center for Korea Studies, 2010)

Refereed Articles

“이세직(이일직)의 활동을 통해 본 대한제국기 정치와 외교 Yi Se-jik (Yi Il-jik) ŭi hwaltong ŭl t’onghae pon Taehan chegukki chŏngch’i wa oegyo” [A Study of Politics and Diplomacy during the Great Han Empire Seen Through Activities of Yi Se-jik], 역사와 현실 Yŏksa wa hyŏnsil 99 (2016.3): 191–230 (in Korean).

“조선후기 평양의 사족 Chosŏn hugi P’yŏngyang ŭi sajok” [Sajok Elites of P’yŏngyang in Late Chosŏn], 국학연구 Kukhak yŏn’gu 27 (2015.8): 81–148 (in Korean).

“Culture of Remembrance in Late Chosŏn Korea: Bringing an Unknown War Hero Back into History,” Journal of Social History 44, no. 2 (Winter 2010): 563–85.

“Fragmented: The T’ongch’ŏng Movements by Marginalized Status Groups in Late Chosŏn Korea,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 68.1 (June 2008): 135–68.

“Taxes, the Local Elite, and the Rural Populace in the Chinju Uprising of 1862,” Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 64, No. 4 (November 2007): 993–1027.

“Negotiating Cultural Identities in Conflict, A Reading of the Writings of Paek Kyŏnghae (1765–1842),” Journal of Korean Studies 10, no.1 (Fall 2005): 85–120.

“조선후기 평안도 정주의 향안 운영과 양반 문화 Chosŏn hugi P’yŏngan-do Chŏngju ŭi hyangan unyŏng kwa yangban munhwa” [The Management of the Local Yangban Roster and Elite Culture in Chŏngju, P’yŏngan Province, in the Late Chosŏn Period], 역사학보 Yŏksa hakpo [Journal of History] 185 (2005.3): 65–105 (in Korean).

Book Chapters

Travelogue from Cheju Island: Transcription and Annotated Translations,” co-authored with Kuniko Yamada McVey, in Sun Joo Kim ed., Chejudo yŏhaeng ilchi 濟州嶋旅行日誌 Travelogue from Cheju Island (Seoul: Minsokwon, 2016): 13–211.

A Mushroom Talk: From Natural Delicacy to Colonial Object,” in Sun Joo Kim ed., Chejudo yŏhaeng ilchi 濟州嶋旅行日誌 Travelogue from Cheju Island (Seoul: Minsokwon, 2016): 234–57.

Illustration of My Places of Work (Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖): A Visual Journey of One Man’s Career,” co-authored with Kyongjin Hur, in Sun Joo Kim ed., Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖 Illustration of My Places of Work (Seoul: Minsokwon, 2012): 64–77.

Illustration of My Places of Work (Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖) in Korean and English, co-authored with Kyongjin Hur, in Sun Joo Kim ed.,  Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖 Illustration of My Places of Work  (Seoul: Minsokwon, 2012): 9–61.

“Introduction: Thinking through Region,” in Sun Joo Kim ed., The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture (Seattle: University of Washington Center for Korean Studies, 2010): 3–17.

“Letters of Appeal,” in JaHyun Kim Haboush ed., Epistolary Korea: Letters in the Communicative Space of the Chosŏn (1392–1910) (Columbia University Press: 2009): 83–99.

“Manifesto during the Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion of 1812,” in JaHyun Kim Haboush ed., Epistolary Korea: Letters in the Communicative Space of the Chosŏn (1392–1910) (Columbia University Press: 2009): 141–51.

“Letters on Everyday Life,” in JaHyun Kim Haboush ed., Epistolary Korea: Letters in the Communicative Space of the Chosŏn (1392–1910) (Columbia University Press: 2009): 226–34.

“Fathers’ Letters Concerning Their Children’s Education,” in JaHyun Kim Haboush ed., Epistolary Korea: Letters in the Communicative Space of the Chosŏn (1392–1910) (Columbia University Press: 2009): 277–86.

“A Wife’s Letter to Her Deceased Husband,” in JaHyun Kim Haboush ed., Epistolary Korea: Letters in the Communicative Space of the Chosŏn (1392–1910) (Columbia University Press: 2009): 393–97.

“A Glance at the Chosŏn chiri soji (Concise Geographical Survey of Chosŏn),” in Studies on the Korean Materials in the Harvard-Yenching Library, edited by Choong Nam Yoon (Seoul: Kyŏngin munhwasa, 2004): 173–185.

“Manifesto for the Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion” (An introduction and translation of the manifesto for the Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion), originally in Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, Vol. II, edited by Peter H. Lee, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996), pp. 218–220, also in Sources of Korean Tradition, Volume II: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000): 177–180.

Review Essays

A Family of No Prominence: The Descendants of Pak Tŏkhwa and the Birth of Modern Korea BY EUGENE Y. PARK. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. In Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 75.2 (2016): 506–13.

Admonitions on Governing the People: Manual for All Administrators. By CHŎNG YAGYONG. Translation by CHOI BYONGHYON. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. In Journal of Asian Studies 70, no. 4 (Nov. 2011): 1171–74.

Web Publishing

Sun Joo Kim and Kwon Oh-Young editors, Miam ilgi: Select Translations with Introduction, translated by the participants of the First International Summer Hanmun Workshop, sponsored by the Academy of Korean Studies and Harvard’s Korea Institute (June 29 to July 24, 2009).

Sun Joo Kim, “Edward W. Wagner and His Legacy: Toward New Horizons in the Research of Korean History,” The Wagner Fiftieth Anniversary Special Lecture, Korea Institute, Harvard University (September 29, 2008). audio / text

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