Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures; Director of the Institute for Korean Studies; Co-Director of the East Asia National Resource Center
Department: East Asia National Resource Center, Institute for Korean Studies
Jisoo M. Kim is a specialist in gender and legal history of early modern Korea. Her broader research interests include crime and justice, forensic medicine, history of emotions, literary representations of the law, diglossia, vernacular, and gender and sexuality. Her first book, The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chosŏn Korea (Seattle: University of Washington Press, December 2015), which received the 2017 James B. Palais Book Prize, traces the discourse of emotions in the realm of law and examines how the narrative of wŏn (冤) or the sense of being wronged played a crucial role in seeking and performing justice. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled Crime of Violence: Forensic Medicine, Dead Bodies, and Legal Emotions in Early Modern Korea.