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Kim, Su Jung, Ph.D.




Religious Studies, Harrison Hall, Room 309
Greencastle, IN

Religious Studies

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Sujung Kim is Assistant 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. Her first book, Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian “Mediterranean,” is forthcoming from University of Hawai‘i Press (2019). She is currently working on her second book project, which 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.




East Asian Religions

Buddhism and Film

Buddhism and Gender

Intro to Religions

Thinking About Religion (Theory and Method in Religious Studies)


Selected Publications:


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

Book Chapters

“Joining Buddhist Activism: Ven. Pomnyun and his Jungto Society in Contemporary Korean Buddhism,” Sallie B. King ed., Buddhist Visions of the Good Life for All. 2020 (forthcoming)

“Flesh in the Closet: ‘The Secret Wife’ in Korean Buddhism,” Hwansoo Kim and Jin Y. Park eds., Modern Korean Buddhism. 2019 (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 (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018): 79–87.


“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 (2019) (In Japanese, forthcoming)

“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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