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Faculty | Bohyeong Kim

Assistant Professor

Office: 220E Edgehill
(1801 Edgehill Ave)

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BOHYEONG KIM is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Moving across critical media studies, cultural studies, and media history, she 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.


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

M.A. Seoul National University, 2009

B.A. Seoul National University, 2007

Typical Courses

Social Media and Everyday Life
Cultural Rhetorics of Film

Representative Publications

“The ecosystem of a ‘wealth-tech’ culture: The birth of networked financial subjects in South Korea.” Media, Culture & Society Online First Published (2019)

“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 31.5 (2017): 611-633
*Winner of the 2018 Cultural Studies and Stuart Hall Foundation Award for Early Career Researchers

“The cultural cold war goes ‘vulgar’: Radio serial melodrama in post-Korean War South Korea, 1956-1960.” International Journal of Communication 11 (2017): 3203–3223. Available at: