Seung-kyung Kim is the founding Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and director of IU's Institute on Korean Studies. She also serves as a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Prior to her appointment to IU, she was the chair of the Department of Women's Studies and director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, where she also served as founding director of the Asian-American Studies Program.
Her research expertise includes Gender and Labor Politics, Social Movements, Feminist Theory, and Women in East Asia and Asian America; her current research focuses on the intersection of transnational migration, education, and the family. Her publications include "Class Struggle or Family Struggle?: Lives of Women Factory Workers in South Korea" (Cambridge University Press, 1997; reissued in paperback in 2007 ), "The Korean Women's Movement and the State: Bargaining for Change" (Routledge, 2014) and "Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspective" (Routledge 2003, 2009, 2013).
Kim is a fellow of the Korean Family in Comparative Perspective Laboratory for the Globalization of Korean Studies, funded by the Academy of Korean Studies. She received her doctorate in anthropology and graduate certificate in women's studies from the City University of New York.