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Sung Shin Kim, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, History
Phone: 706-867-2564

Office: Barnes Hall, 307, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: East Asian history (China and Korea)


Dr. Kim is a historian of East Asia, specialized in Modern China and Korea.  After receiving her M.A. from Fudan University (Shanghai), she came to the United States where she earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania.  At UNG, Professor Kim teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in world history, East Asian history, Modern Chinese and Korean history.  Her recent research focuses on the concepts of civilization and race in the international thought of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century China.  She is currently a member of editorial board of the World History Bulletin and a council member of the Southeast World-History Association. 

Courses Taught

World History since 1500; History of Modern China; Special Topics: China in the World; Special Topics: Korea at the Center; Empire and Imperialism in East Asia; Topics in Military History 


  • Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, 2008


Editor, The Use of Color in History, Politics, and Art (Dahlonega: University of North Georgia Press, 2016).

“Arguing against 'White Policy': Wu Tingfang and Chinese Exclusion” in Mansour Bonakdarian, Ian Fletcher, and Yaël Fletcher (eds.), The First Universal Races Congress of 1911: Empires, Civilizations, Encounters (In-progress).

“Leveraging the China Market: Wu Tingfang's Case Against Chinese Exclusion" in: World History Bulletin 31:2 (November 2105). (co-authored with Kurt Guldentops).

"The Great War, the Collapse of Civilization, and Chinese Visions of World Order" in: Peace and Change 40:2 (April 2015).

“Korean Explorations between Civilization and Barbarism in the Eighteenth Century” in: World History Connected 10:2 (June 2013).

“The Rise of China within American Hegemony” in: East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies 10:1 (January 2010).

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