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Bohyeong Kim


Assistant Professor of Communication Studies 

Moving across critical media studies, cultural studies, and media history, Bohyeong Kim is broadly interested in digital media and culture, financialization, cultural economy, and the cultural Cold War with particular emphasis on Korea and East Asia. Her current research explores the intersection between digital culture and financial capitalism in South Korea, with a focus on a new form of subjectivity. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Wealth-tech: The Birth of Networked Financial Subjects in South Korea, which represents a multi-sited ethnography of Korean cultures of financial self-help and networked digital media (e.g., online communities, mobile social media, offline seminars and meetups). Her work has appeared in Cultural Studies and International Journal of Communication.

Professor Kim received her Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2018; her M.A. from Seoul National University in 2009.

Representative Publications

“Digital cultures of financial advice: explorations of online wealth-tech communities in South Korea.” In Digital Korea: Digital technology and the change of social life , eds. Shin, W., K. Kim and C. Kim. Seoul: Hanul, 2018.  

“Think rich, feel hurt: The critique of capitalism and the production of affect in the making of financial subjects in South Korea.” Cultural Studies 31, no. 5, (2017).

“The cultural cold war goes ‘vulgar’: Radio serial melodrama in post-Korean War South Korea, 1956-1960.” International Journal of Communication 11, (2017).