Young-Key Kim-Renaud


Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud is Chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is Professor of Korean language and Culture and International Affairs and a faculty member of the Linguistics Program. She is the Director of the Korean Language and Culture program, which she started in 1983. GWU remains the only university in the Washington, DC area offering a degree program in Korean Language and Literature. She has been the Faculty Advisor for the Korean Student Association at GWU since 1992.


Before joining GWU, Dr. Kim-Renaud served as Assistant Program Director for Linguistics at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). In 1986-87, she taught at Harvard University as a visiting lecturer. She is past President of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics (ICKL) and has been the Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Korean Linguistics, since 2002.


A theoretical linguist with a broad interest in the Korean humanities and Asian affairs, Dr. Kim-Renaud has published widely on Korean linguistics, the Korean writing system, language and society, language and politics, cross-cultural communications, Korean cultural history and aesthetics. Her publications include nine books: Korean Consonantal Phonology (Tower Press 1975; reprinted by Hanshin Publishing 1991 and 1995); Studies in Korean Linguistics: Followed by An Interview with Noam Chomsky (Hanshin Publishing, 1986); The Korean Alphabet: Its History and Structure (University of Hawaii Press, 1997); Theoretical Issues in Korean Linguistics (CSLI, Stanford University, 1994); Studies in Korean Syntax and Semantics by Susumu Kuno et al., co-edited with John B. Whitman (International Circle of Korean Linguistics, 2004); King Sejong the Great: The Light of 15th-Century Korea(International Circle of Korean Linguistics,1992, 1997), translated into Korean (Singu Publishing, 1998) and into German (Edition Peperkorn, 2002); Creative Women of Korea: From the Fifteenth Century to the Twentieth Century (M. E. Sharpe, 2003); And So Flows History, English translation of Hahn Moo-Soo's Korean original, Yosanun hurunda (University of Hawaii Press, 2005); Pungyohan pujae (Plentiful Absence) II: A commemorative volume for Paengnong Jin-Heung Kim, co-edited with Hoagy Kim (Salmgwa Kkum Publishing Co., 2006).


Dr. Kim-Renaud has received major research awards and grants, including three Fulbright awards, twice for Korea and once for Jordan. She has won individual research grants from the Korea Foundation, the Korea Research Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the ROK Arts and Culture Foundation. She has received program and institutional grants for GWU from the Korea Foundation, the Korea Research Foundation, as well as the ROK Ministries of Education, of Information, and of Culture. She has also won support for GWU's Korean program from the Consortium of Universities of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area.


Dr. Kim-Renaud helped raise five endowment funds in Korean studies at GWU, one of which helped create the popular Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities series at GWU, which is now in its 14th year. She has hosted and chaired other major international conferences such as the 1992 International Conference on Korean Linguistics, the 1992 Symposium on the Korean Writing System, and the 1998 Conference on Women in the Korean Humanities. She has also organized numerous cultural activities, including the 1990 Korean Film Festival for 22 American universities. She curated the 1992 exhibition on Korea's 15th-century King Sejong in Washington. She has organized Korean film showings and Korean American literature readings and colloquia jointly with the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Asian Pacific American Program of the Smithsonian Institution in 2002 and 2003.


In addition to academic conferences, workshops, and panels on Korean language, literature, and culture, Dr. Kim-Renaud has organized major cultural activities and performances, including an exhibition on King Sejong and the Korean science and humanities of his era; film festivals, including one organized for 22 US college campuses; Kayagum concerts; and a Taekwondo ballet performance. She has also organized or participated in outreach programs in cooperation with Korean and Korean-American communities, the Korea Foundation, and the Korean Embassy.


Dr. Kim-Renaud has been a consultant to various academic, social, and legal institutions, and testified in courts as a cultural expert for civil and criminal cases. She has been interviewed in Korean studies and Korean-American affairs by various media including the U.S. National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and Korean and Korean-American radio and television networks.


Dr. Kim-Renaud was inducted into two honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta, and she was elected to the Cosmos Club in 2000. In 2003, some thirty colleagues from all around the world contributed articles a Festschrift in honor of Dr. Kim-Renaud to, entitled Pathways into Korean Language and Culture: Essays in Honor of Young-Key Kim-Renaud. On the Korean Alphabet Day, October 9, 2006, Dr. Kim-Renaud received the Republic of Korea Order of Cultural Merit, Jade Class (Taehanmin'guk Okkwan Munhwa Hunjang) for her life-time contribution to the advancement of Korean language and culture.


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