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Kim, Su Jung, Ph.D. - Faculty Bio

Kim, Su Jung, Ph.D.




Religious Studies, Harrison Hall, Room 309
Greencastle, IN

Religious Studies

Associate Professor of Religious Studies


Currently on Sabbatical (AY 2021-2022):

Visiting Professor at Ewha Womans University


Research Fellow, ACLS/Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation (AY 2022-2023)

Will be releaved from teaching and service (AY 2022-2023)



Sujung Kim is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePauw University. Her chief research field is Japanese Buddhism of the medieval period with a focus on transcultural interactions between Japanese and Korean Buddhism. Her interdisciplinary research interests also include Buddhist visual and material culture, as well as performative aspects of Buddhist narratives. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 2014 (with distinction) and her M.A. in Buddhist Philosophy from Korea University in 2007. She joined the DePauw faculty in 2014 and since then she has been teaching a wide range of courses on Buddhism and East Asian religions. After her first monograph, Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian “Mediterranean,” (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019) she is currently working on her second book project tentatively titled, Korean Magical Medicine: Buddhist Healing Talismans in Choson Korea, in which she investigates the religious, historical, and iconographic dimensions of healing talismans produced in Buddhist settings during the Choson period. Although its primary focus is Korean talismans, the book also locates itself in the broader East Asian context, aiming at showing the complex web of talismanic culture in East Asia.  


REL479 Seminar in Religious Studies, Fall 2020-

REL370 Modern Buddhism, Spring 2019-

REL370 Buddhism and Gender, Spring 2015-

REL275 Buddhism and Film, Spring 2016-

REL259 East Asian Religions, Spring 2015-

REL258 Buddhism, Fall 2014-

REL130 Intro to Religions, Fall 2014-

FYS Thinking About Religion (Theory and Method), Fall 2018-


Selected Publications:


Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian “Mediterranean” (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019). 

Korean Magicial Medicine: Buddhist Healing Talismans in Choson Korea (in preparation)

Book Chapters

“The Love Lady and the Stony Monk: Women, Sexuality, and Imagination in the Kegon engi emaki.” James

McCrae and Robert Scott eds., Introduction to Buddhist East Asia: An Interdisciplinary Resource (Albany, NY: SUNY, forthcoming).

“Ven. Pomnyun’s Jungto Society: A Buddhist Activist Society in South Korea,” Sallie B. King ed., Buddhist Visions of the Good Life for All (London: Routledge, 2021): 135-153. 

“Flesh in the Closet: ‘The Secret Wife’ in Korean Buddhism,” Hwansoo Kim and Jin Y. Park eds., New Perspectives in Modern Korean Buddhism: Nationalism, Practice, Women, and Clerical Marriage (New York: SUNY, forthcoming).

“Frogs Looking Beyond a Pond: Shinra Myojin in the East Asian Mediterranean Network,” Fabio Rambelli ed., The Sea and the Sacred in Japan: Aspects of Maritime Religion (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018): 79–87.



"A Star God is Born: Chintaku Reifujin Talismans in Japanese Religions," Religions (special issue on Japanese medieval religion), Bernard Faure and Andrea Castiglioni eds (forthcoming)

“Skanda, The Multifaceted God: Skanda in Korean Buddhism and Beyond,” Korea Journal of Buddhist Studies

66, 3 (March, 2021): 49-94. *Award winning paper ($3,000) selected by the Korean Association of Buddhist Studies* (In English)

“Tendai Jimon kara mitta Tendai bukkyo: Shinra Myojin to Tendai Jimon [Tendai Buddhism seen from the history of the Tendai Jimon school: Shinra Myojin and Tendai Jimon],” Tendai gakuho (Journal of Tendai Buddhism), Special issue No. 2 (December, 2018): 29–41. (In Japanese)

“Miguk Pulgyo hakgye ui ch’oegun yon’gu tonghyang gwa kwaje (2010-2017) [The State of the Field of Buddhist Studies in the United States, 2010–2017],” Pojo Sasang 49 (November, 2017): 1–54. (In Korean)


Encyclopedia/Handbook Entries

“Buddhism in Korea: Three Kingdoms, Unified Silla,” Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Vol. 4: History), Leiden: Brill. (16,500 words) (forthcoming)

“Seeing the Sea: Fluidity of Maritime Networks” The New Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions, Jolyon B. Thomas and Matthew D. McMullen eds., Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. (7,000 words) (forthcoming) 

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