Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Hyun Sook Kim

Hyun Sook Kim

Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., M.A., Sociology, New School for Social Research
B.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Main Interests

Subjugated Modernity
Buddhist Social Theory and Militarization
Human/Nature Dialectics

Research Interests

My previous research and writing focused on the following themes:

state violence and massacres
war, gender and sexuality; "comfort women" and military sex work
nation-state and gender conflicts
politics of war memorials
politics of truth and reconciliation in/of Korean and Vietnam wars
transnational feminist sociologies

Teaching Interests

I teach courses on Inequality & Social Change

Current repertoire
FYS Restoration
Soc190 Self & Society
Soc200 Social Movements
Soc210 Inequality
Soc240 Conflict & Genocide
Soc270 Asians & America
Soc290 Immigration
Soc310 Beyond Global Feminism (about Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist Thought)
Soc403 Proseminar (about Global Cultures or Democracy or Development)

Other courses taught
FYS Class Matters
Soc301 Sociological Theory
Soc230 Race & Ethnicity
Soc330 Money, Sex & Power
Soc090 Cultures, Communities & Change (taught in Vietnam & Cambodia)
Soc298 Contemporary Bhutanese Society (about modernity, monarchy and democracy)
Soc298 Practicum: fieldwork on "Bhutanese ways of knowing"


Sample Publications:

2005. "Decolonizing the 'Self' & 'Other': Black, Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist Theories." The Handbook on Feminist Research: Theory and Paxis, edited by Sharlene Hesse-Biber (Sage, 2005).

2005. Special Issue on "Gender-Sexuality-State-Nation." Gender & Society 19(2), (April), Co-edited with Jyoti Puri.

2005. "Conceptualizing Gender-Sexuality-State-Nation: An Introduction." Gender & Society, 19(2), (April), Co-authored with Jyoti Puri.

2005. "History and Memory: The 'Comfort Women' Controversy." Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History. Edited by Antoinette Burton and Tony Ballantyn (Duke University Press).