Hyun Sook Kim

Professor of Sociology


Knapton 221

(508) 286-3657

(508) 286-3640


I see the liberal arts education as indispensable today. It provides a window through understanding what makes us truly human. Deep thinking and studying through the liberal arts are, in my view, more necessary now than ever to address global crises. I love working collaboratively with students and colleagues who share this concern.


MA & PhD in Sociology, The New School for Social Research–Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, New York.


Intellectual Focus

I have been trained as a Historical Sociologist.  My first research area focused on how nation-states are formed through violence and wars.  Embracing interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives, I have since been examining the global-local nexus.  I am interested in illuminating subjugated histories and understanding how different paths of ‘modernities’ conflict with and shape each other.


I love designing new interdisciplinary courses and like to teach about social, political and cultural processes. Over ten different courses in my repertoire focus on Cities, Global Poverty, Gender & Nation, Globalization, Immigration, Development, Genocide, American Colonialism, among other topics.

I also enjoy developing global cultural studies programs.  I have co-led the South Africa winter session (Fall 2018), designed and headed the Wheaton’s Bhutan program (Fall 2011), mentored Posse 2 Scholars (2001-2004), and will co-launch a Mellon Study Away program in Miami on Transnational Activism (Fall 2019).


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).