man of Asian descent wearing black shirt named Jiyul Kim
  • Visiting Instructor of History

Education

  • BA, anthropology and biology, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • MA, Asian studies, Harvard University, 1991
  • ABD, history and east Asian languages, Harvard University, 2004

Biography

Jiyul Kim is a historian of East Asia, Cold War, U.S. foreign policy, and, more broadly, war in human civilization. He has been teaching in the history department since 2012. Prior to Oberlin College, he served for nearly 30 years in the U.S. Army (1981-2009) with assignments in the United States, Germany, Korea, and Japan.

His final years in the army was as professor of national security and director of Asian studies at the U.S. Army War College (Carlisle, PA), where he developed a curriculum on regional studies based on history and culture.

He has published broadly on history, culture, archaeology, and the military. He brings his real world and academic experiences to his teaching.

His first course, HIST 393 History and the Formulation of U.S. National Security Policy and Strategy (2012-2014), examined the use of history in the formulation of U.S. national security policy and strategy using case studies of historical and contemporary security issues to examine how historical knowledge can better inform U.S. foreign and military policy and strategy.

His next courses, HIST 392 Theory and History of War (2015) and HIST 399 War and Civilization, examined the role and place in history of war from the evolutionary origin of conflict some 10,000 years ago through the impact of wars on the course of human civilization to the present.

His most recent course, HIST 343 Research Seminar: War, Military and the American Nation, explored the impact of wars and the military in how the United States developed as a nation.

  • The Korean War: A New History, coauthor with Sheila Miyoshi Jager (East Asian Studies). Forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2022.
  • “North Korea in the Vietnam War.,” In Stephen Sherman, ed. Year of the Cock, 1969. RADIX Press, 2017.
  • Chapter 6, “Strategic Culture of the Republic of Korea.” In Jeffrey Lantis, ed. Strategic Cultures and Security Policies in the Asia-Pacific. Routledge, 2015.
  • “Chapter 21: United Nations Command and Korean Augmentation.” In Donald Boose and James Matray, eds. Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War. Ashgate Publishing, 2014.
  • “The Significance of the Korean War in World History.” The 61st Anniversary of the Korean War International Academic Seminar.” Taegu, Republic of Korea: Chungsŏngdae yŏnguso, 2011 (in Korean and English).
  • Cultural Dimensions of Strategy & Policy. Letort Paper, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, 2009.

Notes

  • Jiyul Kim Participates in Panel Talk

    September 10, 2019

    Visiting Instructor of History Jiyul Kim participated with three visual artists, Mahwish Chishty, Matthew Deibel, and Barbara Koenen, in a panel talk titled "E Pluribus: Reflections on 9/11" at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The panel accompanies the exhibit "E Pluribus: Reflections on the Anniversary of 9/11" at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) gallery.

  • Jiyul Kim Quoted in Story about North Korean Soldiers

    February 27, 2019

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim was quoted in an Agence France Presse (AFP) story about North Korean soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.

  • Jiyul Kim Presents Lecture

    October 10, 2018

    Jiyul Kim, visiting instructor of history, presented a lecture on October 5, 2018, at Kendal at Oberlin about U.S. global engagement and the military as part of Kendal's Great Decisions lecture series. 

  • Jiyul Kim and Sheila Miyoshi Jager Present

    April 24, 2018

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim and Professor of East Asian Studies Sheila Miyoshi Jager presented a two-part talk on April 16 titled "Prospects for Peace and War in Korea" at Kendal at Oberlin. This was an updated version of a similar talk presented as part of the Oberlin College history department's "History Behind the News" series. Jager provided the political, economic, ideological, and cultural context while Kim focused on the military dimension behind the current situation on the Korean peninsula.

  • Jiyul Kim Presents Lecture on Afghanistan and Pakistan

    December 5, 2017

    Jiyul Kim, visiting assistant professor of history, presented a lecture, “Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan” on December 1, 2017, as part of the Great Decisions lecture series at Kendal at Oberlin.

  • Jiyul Kim and Sheila Miyoshi Jager Sign Book Contract

    November 7, 2017

    Visiting Assistant Professor of history Jiyul Kim and Professor of East Asian Studies Sheila Miyoshi Jager signed a contract with Cambridge University Press to co-author The Korean War: A New History for publication in 2022.

    The book will consider the conflict as part of The Long Korean War that began with the emergence of competing versions of modern Korean nationalism in the early 20th century and extending to the present, with no end in sight. It will also cover new aspects and perspectives of the war coming from the fields of international, social, and cultural history as well as its memory among the participant countries.

  • Jiyul Kim Presents in Lecture Series

    October 9, 2017

    Jiyul Kim, visiting assistant professor of history, presented the lecture "Conflict in the South China Sea" on October 6 as part of Kendal at Oberlin's Great Decisions lecture series. He also provided an update to his December 2016 talk "The Koreas" through discussion of the current situation in North Korea.

  • Jiyul Kim Presents Lecture "The Korean War: How It Changed Our World."

    November 4, 2016

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim presented a public lecture sponsored by the Oberlin Heritage Center on October 18 on "The Korean War: How It Changed Our World."

  • Jiyul Kim Publishes Chapter

    March 30, 2015

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim published a chapter on the "Strategic Culture of the Republic of Korea" in Security Cultures and Security Policies In the Asia-Pacific (Routledge, 2015). This is a book edition of the article published in a special issue of the journal Contemporary Security Policy (35.2, June 2014). The chapter explores the interaction between Korean culture and its foreign/security policy.

  • Jiyul Kim Presents on Strategic Culture of the Republic of Korea

    October 20, 2014

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim gave a presentation on the strategic culture of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) on October 16 at a East-West Center in Washington conference on "Asian Responses to Perceptions of Asia-Pacific Strategic Cultures." The conference critically considered essays on Asia-Pacific strategic cultures published in a special issue of the journal Contemporary Security Policy (Vol. 35, No. 2 Jul 2014).

  • Jiyul Kim Gives Talk on Pre-modern and Modern Korean History

    October 13, 2014

    Visiting Assistant Professor of history Jiyul Kim gave lectures on pre-modern and modern Korean history to K-12 teachers from the greater Boston area at the annual Korean Studies Workshop October 10-11. Organized by University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the purpose of the three-day workshop was to provide professional education to teachers to help them incorporate Korean subject matter into their curriculum.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim Publishes

    July 31, 2014

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim published a chapter on "United Nations Command and Korean Augmentation" in the Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War (James Matray & Donald Boose, eds).

  • Jiyul Kim Publishes

    July 10, 2014

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jiyul Kim published an article entitled "Strategic Culture of the Republic of Korea" in the journal Contemporary Security Policy. The article explores the interaction between Korean foreign policy and Korean culture, a subject that he has taught for the last three years at Oberlin.

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