Charles Kim

Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies


Office: 4122 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4007 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Thursdays 3:30-5:30

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

  • “Paek Namun,” in Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era, ed. Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu (University of Hawai’i Press, 2013), 104-131
  • “Moral Imperatives: South Korean Studenthood and April 19th,” The Journal of Asian Studies 71:2 (May 2012): 399-422.
  • “The April 19th Generation and the Start of Postcolonial History in South Korea,” The Review of Korean Studies 12:3 (September 2009): 71-99.

Selected Awards

  • Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Research Grant, 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 – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 200 – North Korean History – Origins to the 21st Century – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 201 – The Historian’s Craft – Topics: “The Korean War”
  • History 283 – Studies in History – Historical Memory & East Asia – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 335 – Korean History, 1945 to present – Syllabus 2019 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Historical Memory – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 725 – Historiography of Modern Korea