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Haeyoung Kim

Assistant Professor
Location: HUM 274

Haeyoung Kim is a historian of modern Korea and the Cold War in East Asia with particular interests in infrastructure and technology in Korea, empire and imperialism, and post-colonial East Asia. Her current book project focuses on the relationship between technology and global histories of empire in Korea, examining how technical designs and the built environment shape historical processes, influencing not only the operation and implementation of infrastructures themselves, but also how these expressions of power produce and mediate imperial, colonial, and post-colonial spaces and identities. Her work has been supported by the United States Department of State (Fulbright), the Korea Foundation, the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University, the Republic of Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, and the Department of History and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. At San Francisco State University, Kim’s teaching interests cover the history of East Asia, empires and their aftermaths, material infrastructure, and regional and global encounters in East Asia.


  • PhD, History, University of Chicago
  • MA, History, University of Chicago
  • MPP, Public Policy, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • BA, International Studies, University of Chicago


Research Interests:

  • Modern Korean history and North Korea
  • Cold War history
  • Transnational history of East Asia
  • Empire, imperialism, and colonialism
  • Postcolonial East Asia
  • Infrastructure and technology