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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Eunjung Kim

Eunjung Kim portrait

Associate Professor

Women's and Gender Studies

315 Sims Hall



Eunjung Kim is an associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and disability studies with appointments in Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. She published Curative Violence: Rehabilitating Disability, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Korea (Duke University Press 2017; Winner, Alison Piepmeier Book Prize by National Women’s Studies Association, 2017; Winner, James B. Palaise Prize by Association for Asian Studies, 2019).

Kim is a recipient of the AAUW International Fellowship; the Future of Minority Studies postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; the Vulnerability Studies postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for the Research in the Humanities Residential Fellowship.

Research and Teaching Interests

Eunjung Kim’s research and teaching interests include transnational feminist disability studies; theories of vulnerability and human/nonhuman boundaries; Korean cultural history of disability, gender, and sexuality and anti-violence feminist disability movements; Asian feminisms and women’s movements; critical humanitarian communications and human rights; asexuality and queer theories. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript on violence against people with disabilities and illnesses, health justice activisms, posthumous care, and the ecology of aging and dying in South Korea and beyond.



WGS 201 Transnational Feminist Studies

WGS 301 Feminist Theory

WGS 410 Advanced Studies in Feminist Thought

WGS 443 Intersectional Feminist Disability Studies

DSP 700 Disability and Gender in Film

DSP 775 Gender, Sexuality, and Disability

DSP 700 Critical Vulnerability Studies

CFE 600/700 Rethinking Boundaries of the Human: Animals, Things, and Otherness

Selected Publications

Eunjung Kim “Continuing presence of discarded bodies: Occupational harm, necro-activism, and living justice” for the special issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 5.1 (2019): 1-29.

Alison Kafer and Eunjung Kim, “Disability and the Edges of Intersectionality.” In The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, ed. Clare Barker and Stuart Murray (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 123–38.

Eunjung Kim, “Unbecoming Human: An Ethics of Objects.” In Queer Inhumanism, ed. Mel Chen and Dana Luciano, special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 21.2–3 (2015): 295–320.

Eunjung Kim, “The Specter of Vulnerability and Bodies in Protest.” In Disability, Human Rights and Limits of Humanitarianism, ed. Michael Gill and Cathy Schlund-Vials (Ashgate, 2014), 137–54.


Humanities Book Reception to Showcase University Authors April 17

(April 12, 2018)

Event will honor more than 50 scholars who published books in 2017

Feminist Education to Feminist Practice

(April 12, 2018)

Event highlights Women’s and Gender Studies alumni experiences

Curative Violence

(April 19, 2017)

Eunjung Kim's new book considers transnational disability theory in Korea, Japan, United States