Sun Joo Kim

Sun Joo Kim

Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History
Korea Institute (https://korea.fas.harvard.edu) Director, 2020-21
Sun Joo Kim

Sun Joo Kim is Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. 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, popular movements, historical memory, everyday lives of people, history of emotions, law and society, slavery, and art history. She is also devoted to making underused yet enlightening primary sources available in English through conventional as well as digital publishing.

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 appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Social History, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Korean Studies, Acta Koreana, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and Journal of Social History.

She is a recipient of fellowships and grants, most notably American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Research Fellowship, Korea Foundation Advanced Research Grant, Social Science Research Council Doctoral Research Fellowship, and FLAS. She was a Professeure invitée (Invited Professor) at École des hautes études en sciences sociales in France (2016) and is currently a member of the Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Distinguished Speakers Bureau.

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PUBLICATIONS

Books

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

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

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

2012    Sukch’ŏn chea to 宿踐諸衙圖 Illustration of My Places of Work. Edited by Sun Joo Kim. Seoul: Minsokwon. In Korean and English.

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

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

(Korean translation) Chosŏn ŭi pyŏnbang kwa pallan, 1812 nyŏn Hong Kyŏngnae nan 조선의 변방과 반란, 1812 홍경래 . Translated by Kim Pŏm 김범. Seoul: P’ŭrŭn yŏksa 푸른역사, 2020.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

2020    “Yu Taech’ing Family Documents and the Kigye Yu of Puyŏ.” Acta Koreana 23.1: 65–96.

2020    “Inheritance Document and Mutual Agreement on the Division of Property (hwahoe sŏngmun 和會成文),.” Acta Koreana 23.1: 97–114.

2020    “Adoption in Chosŏn Korea and in the Yu Taech’ing Family.” Acta Koreana 23.1: 115–34.

2020    “The Certified Copy of the Household Register (Chun hogu 準戶口) of the Yu Taech’ing Family and Household Slaves (solnobi 率奴婢).” Acta Koreana 23.1: 135–68.

2019    “My Own Flesh and Blood: Stratified Parental Compassion and Law in Korean Slavery.” Social History 44.1: 1–25.

2016    “Yi Se-jik (Yi Il-jik) ŭi hwaltong ŭl t’onghae pon Taehan chegukki chŏngch’i wa oegyo” 이세직(이일직) 활동을 통해 대한제국기 정치와 외교 [A Study of Politics and Diplomacy during the Great Han Empire Seen Through Activities of Yi Se-jik]. Yŏksa wa hyŏnsil 역사와 현실99: 191–230 (in Korean).

2016    “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, 13–211. Seoul: Minsokwon.

2016    “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, 234–57. Seoul: Minsokwon.

2015    “Chosŏn hugi P’yŏngyang ŭi sajok” 조선후기 평양의 사족 [Sajok Elites of P’yŏngyang in Late Chosŏn]. Kukhak yŏn’gu 국학연구27: 81–148 (in Korean).

2012    “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, 64–77. Seoul: Minsokwon, 2012.

2012    “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, 9–61. Seoul: Minsokwon.

2010    “Culture of Remembrance in Late Chosŏn Korea: Bringing an Unknown War Hero Back into History.” Journal of Social History 44, no. 2: 56385.

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

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

2009    “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), 141–51. New York: Columbia University Press.

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

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

2009    “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), 393–97. New York: Columbia University Press.

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

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

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

2005    “Chosŏn hugi P’yŏngan-do Chŏngju ŭi hyangan unyŏng kwa yangban munhwa” 조선후기 평안도 정주의 향안 운영과 양반 문화 [The Management of the Local Yangban Roster and Elite Culture in Chŏngju, P’yŏngan Province, in the Late Chosŏn Period]. Yŏksa hakpo 역사학보 [Journal of History] 185: 65–105 (in Korean).

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

2000    “Manifesto for the Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion” (An introduction and translation of the manifesto for the Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion). In Sources of Korean Tradition, Volume II: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries, 177–180. New York: Columbia University Press. Originally in Peter H. Lee ed., Sourcebook of Korean Civilization, Vol. II, 218–20. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.

Web Publishing

2019    “The State of the Field in Premodern Korean Studies in North America.”

2019    “The Wagner-Song Munkwa Project and Its Legacy in the Research of Korean History.”

2009    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).

2008    “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).

 

 

 

 

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