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, and Director of Korea Institute, Harvard University. She began teaching Korean history at Harvard since 2001 after she received her doctoral degree in Korean history from the University of Washington in 2000. She also earned her master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1992 and her bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) in 1984.
Prof. Kim's latest work is Wrongful Deaths: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea, compiled and translated with Jungwon Kim, and published by the University of Washington Press in 2013. She is the author of the books, 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 also the editor of the books The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture (Seattle: Center for Korean Studies at the University of Washington, 2010) and Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖 Illustration of My Places of Work (Seoul: Minsokwon, 2012).
She 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 published articles on various topics in peer review journals such as the Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Korean Studies, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and Journal of Social History. She is currently working on a number of research and translation projects.
She has received a number of fellowships and scholarships since her graduate years: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) (1989-91, 1992-3, 1994-5); Social Science Research Council Doctoral Research Fellowship (1993-4); Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council Small Grants for Korean Studies (2000-1); Korea Foundation Advanced Research Grant (2003-4 and 2006-7); Korea Research Foundation Overseas Korean Studies Grant (2004-6); American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Research Fellowship (2009-11); and various small and large grants from the University of Washington and Harvard University.