Ungsan Kim (he/him/his)

Assistant Professor
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GWN 231
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Mondays 3:30-4:30pm


Ph.D., English (Graduate Certificate in Cinema & Media Studies), University of Washington, 2019
M.A., Comparative Literature, Seoul National University, 2008
B.A., German, Seoul National University, 2000
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Ungsan Kim is Assistant Professor of Asian Cinema in the Department of Asian Languages & Literature and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Washington.

His research interests and specialization span across Korean cinema, inter-Asian cinema, contemporary Vietnamese and Chinese language cinema, queer cinema and media cultures of Asia, Asian horror cinema, experimental cinema, and documentary. He is currently at work on a monograph, Future Imperfect. The book traces a genealogy of critical and political queer cinema of Asia. With the book, he seeks to demonstrate how contemporary queer Asian cinema provides refreshed conceptions of queerness and temporality and how it engages with audiovisual experimentations as a means of defying normative ways of representing cinematic subjects and progressive history.  He has taught a wide range of courses, including Korean cinema, Asian horror cinema, queer Asian cinema, Korean directors, East Asian cinema, writing about films, and LGBTQ+ literature. He is also interested in developing and teaching courses on Asian documentary, women’s cinema of Asia, Vietnamese cinema, and queer media cultures in Asia.

Before joining the University of Washington, he was Assistant Professor of Asian Cinema in the Departments of Film, Television, and Media and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.


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Professional Affiliations
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

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