• Suzy Kim
  • Professor of Korean History / Editor Of Positions: Asia Critique
  • Specialty: Korean
  • Office: Scott Hall 336


Professor Suzy Kim is a historian and author of the prize-winning book, Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (Cornell 2013). Her work has appeared in positions: asia critiqueAsia-Pacific JournalCross-CurrentsComparative Studies in Society and History, Gender & History, and the Journal of Korean Studies. Her latest book Among Women across Worlds: North Korea in the Global Cold War (Cornell 2023) was completed with the support of the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is senior editor of positions: asia critique, and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Korean Studies and Yŏsŏng kwa yŏksa [Women and History], the journal of the Korean Association of Women’s History. As a public scholar, she has been an advocate for social justice and peace in Korea with Amnesty International USA, Truth Foundation, and Women Cross DMZ.


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Specialization

  • Modern Korean History
  • Global Cold War
  • Transnational Feminisms, Gender, Sexuality
  • Comparative Revolutions and Social Movements
  • Visual Cultures
  • Environmental Humanities


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Among women        Corporeal Politics       Cold war    Social Justice      1 The palgrave      The Sha Pe Of Ti Me

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Courses Taught

  • Global East Asia (01:098:250)
  • East Asian Societies (01:098:444)
  • Gender and Social Change in Korea (01:574:310)
  • North Korea in the Socialist and Post-Socialist Worlds (01:574:350 / 16:217:550)
  • Modern Korean History Seminar (01:574:470 / 16:217:555)
  • Contemporary Korean Cinema (01:574:230)
  • Introduction to Korean Culture(01:574:210)

Selected Awards and Distinctions

  • Fulbright, 2020-2021
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 2016
  • James B. Palais Book Prize, 2015

Professional Affiliations