Young-Key Kim-Renaud is Chair of the East Asian Languages and
Literatures Department at
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
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
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
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
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.