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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



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 book, Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian “Mediterranean,” (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2020) she is currently working on two different book-length projects. One of them, titled, The Stony Monk and The Lovelorn Ghost: Visualizing Emotions Through the Medieval Japanese Illustrated Handscrolls explores the interplay between emotion and etoki (picture-explaining) with an emphasis on the Illustrated Biographies of the Kegon Sect Patriarch, a thirteenth-century Japanese narrative scroll that depicts the biographies of two seventh-century Korean Buddhist monks. Her another book project, tentatively titled, Talismans and Talisman Cultures in Korean Buddhism, investigates the religious, historical, and iconographic dimensions of paper talismans as well as woodcuts in the history of Korean Buddhism, with particular attention to talismans that were used for healing.



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, 2020). 

Book Chapters

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

“The Love Lady and the Stony Monk: Women, Sexuality, and Imagination in the Kegon engi emaki.” James McCrae and Robert Scott eds., Introducing East Asian Buddhism in the Undergraduate Classroom (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 (Milton: Brill, forthcoming).

“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.



“The Rise of Skanda: Skanda in the Sinjung t’aenghwa Tradition of Korean Buddhism,” Korea Journal of Buddhist Studies 64 (September, 2020, forthcoming). (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)



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