Professor Kim began teaching Korean Studies at Rutgers in 2010 and has previously taught at Emerson College, Boston College, and Oberlin College after receiving her Ph.D. in Modern Korean History at the University of Chicago. Her manuscript Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (Cornell University Press, 2013) won the James B. Palais Book Prize in Korean Studies from the Association for Asian Studies in 2015. Covering the immediate post-colonial period of North Korean history from 1945 when Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule to 1950 before the start of the Korean War, the book focused on the local people's committees and mass organizations that were spontaneously organized and later centralized, reconstructing the beginnings of North Korean society through a micro-level study of everyday life.
She is currently working on a gender history of North Korea, covering broadly the visual culture of the postwar period from the 1950s to the 1990s. Her research interests include critical theory, gender studies, and oral history. Outside the academe, she has been an advocate for human rights and peace in Korea as Korea Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA, advisory board member for Truth Foundation (Seoul, Korea), and executive committee member of Women Cross DMZ.