Hongkyung Kim, Ph.D.


Dr. Hongkyung Kim specializes in the history of East Asian and Korean thought and religions, especially Confucianism and Daoism. He earned his Ph.D. from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, with a dissertation titled “A Study on the Neo-Confucianism during the Early Joseon (Choson) Dynasty.” He teaches a wide range of courses related to Korean Studies and East Asian traditions at Stony Brook. These courses include Intellectual History of East Asia, Confucianism and Taoism, Korean and Japanese Religions, Introduction to Korean Culture, and Korean Literature. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he has published two single-authored monographs: Laozi (Seoul, 2003) and Confucian Thoughts of the Government School During the Early Joseon (Choson) (Seoul, 1996). His new interpretation of the Daoist classic text Laozi is forthcoming with a tentative title, Laozi: Art of Living, Songs of the Elders. He has participated in a research project on the ancient archaeological documents of the ancient classic texts excavated in China, while working as the managing editor for the Wonhyo Translation Project. His current project is the Analects of the Masters, in which he examines the uniformly pivotal but interestingly various interpretations of the Analects throughout the long history of Confucianism.
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