Jungwon Kim is the King Sejong Assistant Professor of Korean Studies. She specializes in gender, family, and legal history of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910). Her broad research interests include women’s writings, ritual and expression of emotions, and the use of legal archives.
She is currently completing a book manuscript, Negotiating Virtue: The Politics of Chastity and Social Power in Late Chosŏn Korea. Her most recent publications include Wrongful Death: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth Century Korea (with Sun Joo Kim at Harvard, University of Washington Press, 2014); “You Must Avenge On My Behalf: Widow Chastity and Honor in Nineteenth-Century Korea”, Gender and History (Vol. 26.1, 2014); “Deeper than the Death: Chaste Suicide, Emotions, and the Politics of Honour in Nineteenth-Century Korea,” in Carolyn Strange, Christopher Forth, and Robert Cribb eds., Honour, Violence, and Emotions in History (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).
She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ (2012-13) before joining the department in 2013.