Sungjo Kim, Ph.D.

Sungjo Kim, Ph.D.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Universität Tübingen Asien-Orient-Institut

Abteilung für Sinologie und Koreanistik 


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Sungjo Kim received his Ph.D. in November 2015 from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, where he specialized in the modern and contemporary history of Korea. Before going to Toronto, he obtained an M.A. in Korean history and a B.A. in world history at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He taught Korean history and culture at the University of Toronto and York University, and then did postdoctoral fellowship in the Needham Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. He is currently turning his dissertation into a book monograph tentatively titled “The Countryside and the City: A Spatial Economy of the New Village Movement in 1970s South Korea.” This study considers the hegemonic power of capitalist modernity, and contributes both to a critical understanding of the historical experience of industrial modernization in the non-West, and to the rethinking of politics between living spaces and capital. Beyond this project, he also explores the Cold War culture and technology in Korea, contextualizing Korean cases within the broader framework of world history.



  • Nov. 2015, Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary History of Korea
    Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, Canada
    (Supervisor: Andre Schmid)
  • Feb. 2003, M.A. in Modern and Contemporary History of Korea
    Department of History, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Feb. 2000, B.A. in History
    Department of History, Yonsei University, South Korea


Academic Profile

  • 2017 – Present: Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Korean Studies
    Department of Chinese and Korean Studies
    University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
  • 2016 – 2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    The Needham Research Institute
    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
  • 2013 – 2016: Course Instructor
    Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    York University, Toronto, Canada


Courses Taught:

  • Cultural History of Modern Korea
  • Critical Research and Writing in Korean Studies
  • Modern Korean History Seminar
  • Understanding Korea through Korean Films
  • Contemporary Korea: Korean Popular Culture and Korean Wave
  • Modern Standard Korean I, II, III