Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Hyun Sook Kim

Hyun Sook Kim

Professor of Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology

Ph.D., M.A., Sociology, The Graduate Faculty of Political & Social Science. The New School for Social Research.
B.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research Interests

Social Ecology, Multiple Modernities, Nation-State & Violence, Postcolonial Theory, Transnational Feminist Thought

Teaching Interests

Sustainability (SOC200, FYS Restoration), Social Ecology (SOC200, FYS Restoration), Globalization (SOC298), Social Movements (S0C200), Conflict & Genocide (SOC240), Inequality (S0C210), (Im)migration (SOC290), Self & Society (SOC190), Transnational and Postcolonial Feminist Thought (SOC310), Senior Proseminar (SOC403), Asians & America (SOC270)


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-editor.

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

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).

Student Projects

In Summer 2012, Heather Wilson (2013) carried out a research project with me on "Divided Societies and the Role of Religion."  She examined the rise of Palestinian Liberation Theology and its role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  A Mellon Summer Research grant from the Provost Office funded this project.

In Fall 2011, I guided the field study of eleven Wheaton students in Thimphu, Bhutan.  Topics included: Gross National Happiness Education, Social Media and Democracy, Citizenship, Bilingualism and Nationalism, Teaching English to young Buddhist nuns, Special Olympics, Recycling and Waste Management of Thimphu City, Gender and Development, among others.

Other student research projects I guided include: Caribbean teacher-migration to the U.S. (funded by Mars and Hood grants), Muslim Immigrants in America Post-9/11, and studies of Cambodian Genocide.