Thomas Kim- Curriculum Vitae


Fields of interest

Doctoral Thesis

The Emergence of Korean Buddhist Identity during the 17th Century: Focusing on the Steles of Korean Eminent Monks


Education

Ph.D., (Feb. 2012) Religious Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
M.A., (Feb. 2004) Religious Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
M.A., (1997-incomplete) Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, B.C., Canada
M.A., (Oct. 1996) Sociology, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
B.A., (April 1991) Sociology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
B.Sc., (Dec. 1989) Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Professional Experience

- Researcher, Center for Religious Studies, Humanities Collage, Seoul National University, Korea, 2008 – 2012.
- Lecturer, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, 2003- 2004
- Graduate Assistant Lecturer, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 1991-1993


Awards and Scholarships

- Korean Government Graduate Assistant Grant, 2007-2011
- Korea Foundation Fellowship, Korea Foundation, 2006-2007
- Korean Buddhist Studies Foundation, 2006
- International Student Scholarship, Seoul National University, 2002, 2004-2005
- Korea Foundation Fellowship, Korea Foundation, 2002
- Exchange Student Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 1998
-Center for Korean Research Graduate Student Grant, UBC, 1997-1998


Committee Affiliation

- 2009 – 2010: Member of the Committee for International Cooperation of Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Solidarity for Reform, Seoul, Korea 
- 2003 – 2005: Member of the Committee for International Cooperation of Engaged Buddhism, Buddhist Solidarity for Reform, Seoul, Korea 


Languages

English (fluent/fluent – oral/written)
Korean (fluent/high competency – oral/written)
Classical Chinese (competency in reading text)


Publications

"Theoretical Implications of Buddhist Spatial Mimicry in Korea," Jonggyowa Munhwa, Vol. 17 (2010).

“Crossing Boundaries or is it Blurred Boundaries? – A Reevaluation of Popular Buddhism in Korea,” Jonggyowa Munhwa, Vol. 15 (2008), pp. 183-201.

“Hangukui Musokgwa Minganbulgyoui Honhaphyeonsang (Syncretism of Popular Buddhism and Shamanism in Korea),” Jonggyohak-yeongu, Vol. 24 (2005), pp. 73-91.


Conference presentations and participation

“Steles of Illustrious Monks and the Rhetoric of Korean Buddhist Identity.” International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), Dharma Drum Center for Buddhist Studies, Jiangsan, Taiwan, June 20 – 26, 2011.

“The Familiar but Unfamiliar Syncretism Between Korean Buddhism and Musok: Their Ambivalent Affair.” International Society for Korean Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, August 27 – 28, 2009.

“Crossing Boundaries or is it Blurred Boundaries?: A Reevaluation of Popular Buddhism in Korea.” ASPAC, Crossing Boundaries in the Asia-Pacific 2008 Conference. (Victoria University, Victoria, Canada, June 13 – 15, 2008.

Chair and Discussant for the session “Buddhism in China.”  ASPAC, Crossing Boundaries in the Asia-Pacific 2008 Conference, Victoria University, Victoria, Canada, June 13 – 15, 2008.

“Buddhism and the Aristocratic Women of the Joseon Dynasty.” 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Ehwa University, Seoul, Korea, June 19 – 24, 2005.

“Buddhism of the Joseon Dynasty: Specialist of the Spiritual Realm.” International Association of the History of Religions, Sakura Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, May 24 – 30, 2005.


Translations

Korean Folk Religions in the 21st Century: A Compilation of Papers on the Traditional Practices of Korean Folk Religions, (Project for a Development of Textbooks on Korean Studies, Sponsored by the Strategic Initiative for Korean Studies Project, 2010-2011), The Academy of Korean Studies (forthcoming).


Book reviews

Review of [One Korean's approach to Buddhism - The Mom/Momjit Paradigm by Sung Bae Park, State University of New York Press, 2009]. Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1 (June, 2009), pp. 97-99.