Department: Asian Languages & Cultures
Jongmyung Kim received his MA and PhD from UCLA, graduating in 1994 with focuses in both Buddhist studies and Korean studies. He has published extensively in both English and Korean on a range of issues in Korean Buddhism. He has three forthcoming works for 2011: Korean Kings’ Buddhist Views and Statecraft (in Korean), Esoteric Buddhist Tradition in East Asia, and Zen Texts as “Public” Documents. He serves as Editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Korean Historical Studies and Vice President of the Association of East Asian Buddhism and Culture. Before his academic career in Buddhist studies, Dr. Kim was a scientist in Dairy Technology and Microbiology and conducted research on genetic engineering in 1987 for the Cancer Institute in the School of Medicine at Seoul National University. He is now Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Korean Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies.