Hyun Sook Kim

Professor of Sociology


Knapton 221

(508) 286-3657

(508) 286-3640


Current Courses Taught

FYS Restoration; Class Matters
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)


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

Research Interests

Subjugated Modernity
Buddhism and Militarism
Human/Nature Dialectics

Previous research and writing:
state violence and massacres
nation-state formation and gender conflicts
politics of truth and reconciliation in/of Korean and Vietnam wars
transnational feminist sociologies


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).