Hwansoo Kim

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Hwansoo Kim comes to Yale as an Associate Professor of Korean Buddhism and culture. His present research concerns colonial, modern, and contemporary Korean Buddhism from a transnational perspective. He has authored Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912 and The Korean Buddhist Empire: A Transnational History, 1910-1945. Formerly, he taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University from 2009 through 2018, with a joint appointment with the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Department, and served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the M.A. program. Kim also taught in the East Asian Studies Department at the University of Arizona, from 2008 through 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Korean and Japanese Buddhism from Harvard University in 2007.