Premodern Korean History Projects

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 the 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 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).

At Korea Institute, she has been leading three projects: Gateway to Premodern Korean Studies website; Art History Workshops; and the Publication of Korean Rare Books preserved at the Harvard-Yenching Library.

This portal provides various resources for the research and teaching of premodern Korea. The content is edited and added regularly.

The Korea Institute sponsors and organizes Korean art history workshops in order to promote the field of Korean art history. As of AY 2016-2017, the following workshops have been held:

Korean Art Workshop 2012 “
New Directions,” sponsored by the Korea Institute and East Asian Art Program at Harvard (February 10, 2012)

Korean Art History Workshop 2013 “
Infinite Interfusion: Buddhist Art in Korea” sponsored by the Korea Institute, East Asian Art Program at Harvard, and Harvard-Yenching Institute (December 13, 2013)

Korean Art History Workshop 2016 “Receptions, Transformations and Innovations: Transcultural Discourses in Korean Art," sponsored by the Korea Institute, Asia Center, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and NEAC of AAS (December 9, 2016)


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