Hwansoo Kim

Hwansoo Kim

Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies

External address: 
118 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3500


Professor Kim’s primary research concerns Korean Buddhism in the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries in the context of colonialism, imperialism, and modernity. His broader scholarship includes East Asian religions, Buddhist modernities, transnational Buddhism, monasticism, clerical marriage, rituals, and ethics.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2007

Selected Grants

Breaking Down the Walls of a Single Country Focus: awarded by University of British Columbia (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Korea Foundation- Related Program and Activities awarded by Korea Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Buddihist Contact Zones within and beyond Colonial Korea: Korean Buddihism awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Kim, H. Empire of The Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912. Harvard University Asia Center, February 6, 2013. (Monograph)

Kim, H. "Seeking the colonizer’s favours for a buddhist vision: The korean buddhist nationalist paek yongsŏng’s (1864-1940) imje sŏn movement." Buddhist Modernities: Re-Inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World. January 1, 2017. 66-88. Full Text

Kim, H. "Buddhism during the Chosŏn Dynasty (1392–1910): A Collective Trauma?." Journal of Korean Studies 22.1 (2017): 101-142. Full Text

Kim, H. "A Buddhist Christmas: The Buddha’s Birthday Festival in Colonial Korea (1928–1945)." Journal of Korean Religions (October 2011): 47-82.

Kim, H. "‘The Future of Korean Buddhism Lies in My Hands’: Takeda Hanshi as a Soto Missionary." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 37.1 (May 2010): 99-135.

Kim, H. ""The Future of Korean Buddhism Lies in My Hands" Takeda Hanshi as a Soto Missionary." JAPANESE JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES 37.1 (2010): 99-135.