Young-Key Kim-Renaud

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Young-Key Kim-Renaud

Professor Emerita of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs

Emeriti Faculty


Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud was chair for 12 consecutive years of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at George Washington University before retiring in 2015. She is the founder of GW’s annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities. She has taught at Sogang University (Korea), Harvard University and Nanjing University (China) as a visiting professor. She is past President of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics and previous Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Korean Linguistics. She has published widely on Korean language, linguistics, cultural history, and current affairs. She has published eleven books. She has organized major academic conferences and cultural events. As a donor and fund-raiser, she has helped create three endowed professorships in Korean studies at GW. She has testified in U.S. courts for criminal and civil cases and has been interviewed by major U.S. and Korean media such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post in the US, and KBS, MBC, YTN, and Segye Times in Korea, as a linguist and a Korean cultural expert. She has received many prestigious grants and awards, including three Fulbright awards, the Republic of Korea Order of Cultural Merit, Jade Class, the Bichumi Grand Award by the Samsung Life Foundation and the Distinguished Korean of the Year Award from the Korean American Foundation.

Korean Language and Culture

Ph.D., University of Hawaii