Charles Kim

Position title: Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies; Director, Center for East Asian Studies


Phone: 608.263.1831

Office: 4122 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4007 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00-3:30pm

Charles Kim


I am a cultural historian of modern Korean society whose research and teaching interests include narratives, memory, media, social relations, and Cold War/post-Cold War culture. My first book, Youth for Nation: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea, documents the country’s transition from Korean War combat to the authoritarian developmental era. The study explores the ways in which media and statist texts prefigured the April 19th Students’ Revolution of 1960 and informed Park Chung Hee’s ideological program of the early 1960s. My current research examines South Korean nostalgia for the developmental past as represented in museums, television, and film.


Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Pomona College


Selected Publications

  • With Jungwon Kim. “Introduction.” In Beyond Death: The Politics of Suicide and Martyrdom in Korea, edited by Charles R. Kim, Jungwon Kim, Hwasook Nam, and Serk-Bae Suh. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019.
  • “Paek Namun.” In Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era, edited by Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2013
  • “Moral Imperatives: South Korean Studenthood and April 19th.” The Journal of Asian Studies 71, no. 2 (May 2012): 399-422.
  • “The April 19th Generation and the Start of Postcolonial History in South Korea.” The Review of Korean Studies 12, no. 3 (September 2009): 71-99.

Selected Awards

  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, 2018
  • Karen F. Johnson Award for Undergraduate Teaching in History, 2017
  • Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council Korean Studies Grant, 2015

Advisor To

History Courses

  • History 108 – Introduction to East Asian History ‐ Korea
  • History 200 – Historical Studies: East Asian Food Cultures: Past and Present – Syllabus 2020 (pdf)
  • History 335 – The Koreas: Korean War to the 21st Century – Syllabus 2021 (pdf)
  • History 340 – Cultural History of Korea – Syllabus 2022 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Historical Memory
  • History 706 – Topics in Transnational History: Cold War Asia – Syllabus 2020 (pdf)
  • History 725 – Seminar in East Asian History: Historiography of Modern Korea – Syllabus 2021 (pdf)