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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, with a focus on Modern China and Korea. After gaining a bachelor degree in Chinese studies in her native South Korea, she went to China where she obtained a master’s degree from Fudan University in Shanghai. Studying abroad in this rapidly changing city during the 1990s gave her a unique opportunity to witness the ambiguities of historical change. After a stint as a journalist-intern in China, she came to the United States where she earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been teaching at North Georgia since 2008.

Dr Kim teaches courses on World History, East Asian history, Modern Chinese and Korean history. Most of her published research – on early 20th century China and on 18th century Korea – has focused on concepts of civilization, and how such concepts can slide in meaning.

Courses Taught

  • World History since 1500
  • History of East Asian Civilization
  • History of Early China
  • History of Modern China
  • History of Modern Korea
  • Empire and Imperialism in East Asia


  • 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).

“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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