Kim Mikyoung

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Kim Mikyoung
社会学博士(ジョージア大学大学院 (アメリカ)), Sociology(Georgia University (USA))


Mikyoung Kim is Associate Professor at the Hiroshima City University- Hiroshima Peace Institute in Japan. She has published refereed articles and book chapters on memory, reconciliation, and human rights in East Asia. Her books include Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; with Barry Schwartz), Securitization of Human Rights: North Korean Refugees in East Asia was published (Praeger, 2012) and Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia (Routledge, 2015). Kim served as the editor of North Korean Review (McFarland Publisher, 2011-12;, Memory Studies Journal on Korean memory (Sage Publications, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 3;, and Review of Korean Studies on Japan's Korean War (The Academy of Korean Studies, 2014, Vol. 17, No. 2; She is elected as Human Rights Research Committee (RC26) Chair of the International Political Science Association (IPSA, 2016-2018), and has been a two-term member of ROK Presidential Council on Peaceful Unification (2013-2015), and Vice-President of ROK Fulbright Alumni Association (2012-2015).

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Hiroshima City University Hiroshima Peace Institute
Mar 1984
Feb 1985
Volunteer, United Service Operation (USO), Busan, Korea
Jan 1996
Jun 1996
Computer Lab Assistant, Sociology Undergraduate Lab, Athens, GA., USA.
Dec 2001
Feb 2002
Consultations, U.S. State Department, Washington D.C., USA.
Feb 2002
Aug 2004
Adjunct faculty, Study Abroad Program in Kyoto, Japan & Verona, Italy, Center for Global Studies (GLOBIS), University of Georgia, USA.


Education Abroad, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Committee Memberships

Executive Committee Member, Human Rights Research Commkittee, International Political Science Association (elected, 2009-11)
Secretary, Association of Korean Political Studies at American Political Science Association, USA (2009-13)
The Korean Journal of Civic Ethics (The Korean Association of Civic Ethics, 2009- present)  Editorial Board Member
Overseas Board Member, Korean Association of World and Regional Studies, Korea (2010-13)
International Conference Organizer: Secretary, Preparatory Committee, International Conference on “Human Rights, War and Peace After the Cold War,” Co-Sponsored by Korea Association of International Studies and International Political Science Association

Awards & Honors

Sep 1983
First Place Winner, English Essay Writing Contest,, Pusan National University,Pusan,Korea
Sep 1984
First Place Winner, English Oratory Speech Contest,, The Korea Herald, Seoul, Korea.
Sep 1985
First Place Winner, English Oratory Speech Contest, Pusan National University,Pusan,Korea
Keynote speaker, Commemoration Ceremony for the United Nation’s Year of Youth (1986), Kanazawa, Japan.
Sep 1997
Franklin College Distinguished Doctoral Research Fellowship,, University of Georgia, USA.

Published Papers

“Engaging with North Korea: Clinton’s Legacy,”Foreign Policy in the Clinton Administration
Rosanna Perotti (ed.)
NY: Nova Science Publishers      2015
“The U.S. Foreign Policy towards South and North Korea: Power, Interests and Worldviews,”
Mikyoung Kim See Seng Tan and Yoichiro Sato (eds.)
The U.S. Engagement in Asia      2015
“Tauchi Chizuko: Korean Memories of Shame and Historical Reconciliation,” in Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia
Mikyoung Kim (ed.)
London and New York: Routledge   forthcoming    2015
“Japanese Perceptions of Territorial Disputes and Its Implications for Reconciliation,” in Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia,
Mikyoung Kim (ed.)
London and New York: Routledge   forthcoming    2015
“Introduction: Memory, Reconciliation and Peace in East Asia,” in Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia
Mikyoung Kim (ed.)
London and New York: Routledge   forthcoming    2015


“Politics of Reconciliation: Preparing for the post-Unification Era [Hwahae’eui Jungchi: Tongil’ihu’rul Junbihagi]”
Korea Policy   15(11/12) 52-55   Dec 2012   [Refereed]
“Building New Pathways to Peace”
Pacific Affairs   85(2) 404-408   Jun 2012   [Refereed]
“North Korean Human Rights”
North Korean Review   8(1) 77-79   Apr 2012   [Refereed]
“The Post Kim Jong-il Era and Inter-Korea Relations”
JPI Peace Net      Jan 2012   [Refereed]
“The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom and Illusive Utopia: Theater, Film and Everyday Performance in North Korea”
Journal of Asian Studies   70 595-596   Apr 2011

Books etc

Culture in Mind: Toward A Sociology of Culture and Cognition
Barry Schwartz; Karen A. Cerulo (ed.) (Part:Joint Work, 209-226)
New York and London: Routledge.   Jan 2002   
Development, Economic Integration and Reconciliation in East Asia
Korean Association of Comparative Sociology (ed.)
Seoul: Aceh Press.   Aug 2007   
Rise of China: America and Asia Respond
Kevin Cooney and Yoichiro Sato (eds.)
New York and London: Routledge.   Mar 2008   
East Asia’s Haunted Present: Historical Memories and the Resurgence of Nationalism
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa and Kazuhiko Togo (eds.)
New York and Westport, CN: Praeger.   Sep 2008   
South Korean Construction of North Korean Identity: Victimization, Romanticization and Vilification
Mikyoung Kim, Rudiger Frank, James Hoare, Patrick Kollner and Susan Pares (eds.) (Part:Joint Work, 257-275)
Korea Yearbook   2009   

Conference Activities & Talks

“Commemorating the Dark Past: The Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima History Movement” at “War, Memory, and Japanese National Identity Construction over Time and Space” panel
2011 Annual Meetings of Association of Asian Studies   3 Apr 2011   Association of Asian Studies
“Middlemen Genre: An Analysis of Northern Settlers’ Narratives in South Korea,” at “Memory Project: Historical Justice and Reconciliation in East Asia” panel
2011 Annual Meetinigs of International Studies Association Annual Meetings   19 Mar 2011   International Studies Association Annual Meetings
“North Korean Human Rights Policies of China and Japan: Supremacy of Domestic Priorities over International Norms”
2010 Annual Meetings of Korean Association of International Studies   11 Dec 2010   Korean Association of International Studies
“The Regional Implications of the Cheonan Incident: Violence from Within”
The Korean Peninsula and East Asia in 2010   29 Nov 2010   Seminar Co-organized by Korean Association of Area Studies and Korea Future Foundation
“Japanese ODA and Civil Society”
“Japanese ODA and Civil Society”   30 Sep 2010   International Area Studies Association of Korea

Teaching Experience



Op-ed (“No Defense for Jang [Won].”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Jul 2000
Op-ed (“Eco-feminism and Women’s Daily Lives,”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Jul 2000
Op-ed (“Women Labor Unions and Korean Reunification,”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Aug 2000
Op-ed (“Globalization with a Human Face”)
The Others   Aug 2000
Op-ed (“Judging the Past”)
The Others   Oct 2000
Op-ed (“North Korean Women in the Era of Reunification: Anticipated Problems and Policy Suggestions,”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Nov 2000
Op-ed (“What Does the U.S. Mean to Korea?”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Dec 2002
Op-ed (“Human Cloning: ‘All about Eve,’”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Jan 2003
Op-ed (“Reading Society through Newspapers,”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Mar 2003
Op-ed (“Bad News for North Korea’s Kim Jong Il”)
The Others   Nov 2004
Op-ed (“Americans Becoming Politicized”)
The Others   Nov 2004
Op-ed (“Teaching Americans About America”)
The Others   Dec 2004
Op-ed (“Celebrating Individuality”)
The Others   Mar 2005
Op-ed (“Art of Tipping in America”)
The Others   Mar 2005
Op-ed ( “The Great American Sunday Brunch”)
The Others   May 2005
Op-ed (“North Korea: Beyond the Name Game”)
The Others   Jul 2005
Op-ed (“Peace in Hiroshima?”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Mar 2006
Op-ed ("Politicization of Human Rights: North Korean Refugees in China")
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Mar 2006
Op-ed (“Benchmarking Japan,”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Jun 2006
Op-ed (“Culture Wars in Asia,”)
Mikyoung Kim   The Others   Jul 2006

Research Grants & Projects

Workshop Grant on Politics of Regret, Hiroshima City University-Hiroshima Peace Institute, Japan
Project Year: Apr 2005 - Mar 2007
International Conference Travel Grant, American Political Science Association Meetings, Hiroshima City University, Japan
Project Year: Apr 2007 - Mar 2008
Securitization of Human Rights: A Comparative Study of North Korean Refugees of China, Korea and the U.S.
Project Year: Oct 2007 - Sep 2010
Workshop Grant on Contentious Politics and Mnemonic Agencies, Hiroshima City University-Hiroshima Peace Institute, Japan
Project Year: Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
Book Publication Subvention, Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory (2010), Hiroshima City University, Japan.
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2011