About Me

Dong-Choon Kim is a professor of sociology, SungKongHoe University, Seoul

He have served the Korean government as a standing commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Republic of Korea(TRCK) from December1, 2005 to December 10, 2009(A vice-minister class, nominated by the President Noh, Moo-hyun) . As a commissioner, he has directed the investigation of the Korean War massacres for the first time as a governmental body after the incidents.
He got his PhD from Seoul National University(1993). The research areas that he has focused are historical sociology of Korean politics, working class formation and the Korean War. He also has acted as an organizer of progressive academic movements since the 1980s and have participated several civil movements in South Korea(co-builder of PSPD in Korea). In 2004, The Hankyoreh(Korea’s most progressive newspaper) nominated him as a member of ‘100 people who will lead Korean society’. He was awarded the 20th DanJe Prize ( 단재상) in 2005, and 15th Song Gun-Ho Media Prize in 2016 by his academic achievements and social activities.
Since 1999, he wrote articles on Korean War Massacres and has organized concerned intellectuals and victims’ families to settle the problem of massacres committed by South Korean authorities during the Korean War(1948-1953)
He has written several academic articles and books including Social Movement in 1960s of Korea(1991). A Study of Korea’s Working Class(1995), Shadow of Modernity(2000), War and Society(2000), Engine of America-Market and War(2004), War-Politics(2013).This is a War over Memory(2013)
Among them, War and Society, is translated into Germany, Japanese, and English ( English title is The Unending Korean War. This book was also picked by the Publishers Association of East Asia as one of the 100 books among the most important East Asian books, Japan, China and Korea )


Department of Sociology Dong-Choon Kim(김동춘, 金東椿)
SungKongHoe University 2103-402 HangSindong DugYangGu KoYangSi
1-1 HangDong KuroKu Seoul KyeongGiDo, 412-220, Korea
152-716, Korea
(Tel)82-2-2610-4236(O) (Tel) 82-70-7558-3139 (H)
Homepage : http://dckim.skhu.ac.kr,

Current Position

Professor, Department of Sociology, SungKongHoe University
Department of NGO Studies, SungKongHoe University
Director, Institute of Democracy, SungKongHoe University

Date of Birth, Nationality

September 30, 1959 ; Republic of Korea

Treaty and Research Areas

Political Sociology
Labor Movements, Korea’s Social History (Korean War)


August 1993 Ph. D. in Sociology Seoul National University

February 1984 M.A in Sociology Seoul National University

February 1982 B.A in Social Education Seoul National University


: The Social Isolation of Korean Workers-The Case of Trade
Unions of Heavy-Industry Workers, after 1987

Adviser : Hyun-Chin, Lim(Seoul National University)
Committee members: Sang-Jin, Han (Seoul National University)
Jang-Jip, Choi(Korea University)
GaK-Bum, Lee (Seoul National University)
Du Seung, Hong(Seoul National University)

Teaching Experience

Mar 1997 – Present ‘Social class and stratification’
‘State and Civil Society”
‘Globalization and Labor’
‘Social Movements’
‘Korean Society’
Professor at SungKongHoe University

Mar 1996 – 1997 ‘North-Korean Society’
Lecturer at Sung-Kong-Hoe Collage
1997 ‘Theory of Trade Union'(Graduate School)
Lecturer at Korea University
Aug 1995 – Dec 1995 ‘Social Stratification’
Lecturer at Catholic University
Aug 1995 – Dec 1995 ‘Korean Social Movements’
Lecturer at Sung-Kong-Hoe Collage
Aug 1994 – Dec 1994 ‘Industrial Society and Labor Problems’
Lecturer at Seoul National University(Graduate School)
Mar 1994 – Dec 1994 ‘Social Change’, ‘History of Social Thought’
Lecturer at DongKug University
Mar 1994 – Aug 1994 ‘Structure and Change of Korean Society’
Lecturer at Hanyang University
‘Class Formation’
Lecturer at Hallym University
Aug 1993 – Dec 1993 ‘Current Sociological Theory’, ‘Organizational Sociology’
Lecturer at Chung-Nam National University
1991-1993 Lecturer at Broadcasting-Communation Collage
Lecturer at Hyupsung collage

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Aug. 1996 – July 1997. Visiting Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles

Jan. 2003 – Dec 2003. Visiting Scholar, Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan

Feb. 2014 – May 2014, Visiting professor, Freie University (Berlin)

Professional Activities

Jan. 2013-2014 Director of the Institute of Korean Historical Studies(역사문제연구소)
Jan. 2013-2014 President of Critical Sociological Association of Korea(비판사회학회)
Feb. 2014 – May 2014, Visiting professor, , Freie University (Berlin)
Jan. 2003 – Feb 2004 Visiting Scholar at University of Michigan
Mar 2001 – 2002 Member, Editorial Board, Korean Journal of Sociology
(Korean Sociological Association)
Mar 2000 – 2003 ‘Editor, Korean Journal of Human Rights and Peace’
Feb 2001- Present Editor, The Culture of West Sea (WhangHae Munwha)
May 2000 – 2004 Editor, Critica(Bipyoung)
Mar 1997 – Dec 1999 Editor, Economy and Society (KyoungJeOaSaHoi)
Aug 1996 – Feb 1997 Visiting Scholar at UCLA in U.S.
Nov 1993 – July 1997 Research Associate, Center for Area Studies,
Seoul National University

Mar 1989 – 2000 Member, Editorial Board, Critical Review of History (YeokSaBipyoung, 역사비평)
Member, Editorial Board, Economy and Society (KyoungJeOaSaHoi 경제와 시회)

Mar 1989 – 2000 Fellow, Institute For Korea’s Modern History
Jul 1984 – Jul 1986 Military Service (Artillary Branch)
Mar 1984 – Feb 1989 Teacher, Kuro High-School, Seoul

Social Activities

Dec. 2005 – Nov. 2009, Standing Commissioner, (The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Republic of Korea)

Sep. 2004 – Dec. 2005 Executive Director, Pan-national Committee For Past Settlement

Feb. 2002 – 2003 Director, Institute of Participatory Democracy(In PSPD)

Sep. 2001 – 2003 Executive Director, Pan-national Committee For Finding the Truth and Recovering the Dignity of the Victims of the Korean War (1951-1953)

Jan. 2000 – Feb. 2002 Director of the Policy Committee, PSPD(People’s Solidarity For Participatory Democracy)

Honors and Awards

2016, 15th Song Gun-Ho Media Prize( 송건호 언론상)

2004, 100 Figures for Korea’s Future, THE HANKYOREH

2005, 20th DanJae Prize, Hanjilsa 2005 (단재상)

Books, Articles, and Publications


2015 Way South Korea?, Seoul : Sagejol Publication Co. (대한민국은 왜)

2013 This is a War over Memory, Seoul : Sagejol Publication Co. ( 이것은 기억과의 전쟁이다)

2013, War-Politics, Seoul: Gil ( 전쟁정치)
2012 The History of Atrocities in South Korea, Seoul : Hankyoreh Publication Co. ( 대한민국잔혹사)

2009 The Unending Korean War : A Social History( translation of War and Society), Translated by Sung-Ok Kim, Larkspur, CA : Tamil Vista (English)

2006. Reflections on the Korean Society after 1997(1997년 이후 한국사회의 성찰), Seoul : Gil

2004 The Engine of America: Market and War(미국의 엔진, 전쟁과 시장), Seoul: Changbi

2001 Is there an Independent Intellectuals(독립된 지성은 존재하는가), Seoul : Samin

2000 War and Society(전쟁과 사회), Seoul:Dolbaege

2000 The Shadow of Modernity(근대의 그늘), Seoul:Dangdae

1997 The National Division and Korean Society(분단과 한국사회), Seoul:Yukbi Poublishing Co.

1997 Exploring the Ways toward ‘Korean Social Science(한국사회과학의 새로운 모색), Seoul : Changbi

1995 A Study of Working Class in Korea(한국사회노동자연구), Seoul: Yukbi Publishing Co.

1991 Social Movements in 1960s,(co-author)(1960년대의 사회운동), Seoul:Kachi Publishing Co.


2017 “A Permitted Haven in a Heartless World: Colleges and Churches in South Korea in the 1950s” Journal of American-East Asian relations 24 (2017) 209-232

2017 “The social grounds of anticommunism in South Korea-crisis of the ruling class and anticommunist reaction”, Asian Journal of German and European Studies (2017) 2:7

2015. “South Korea’s Ruling Class and Anti-Commimnism”(“한국의 지배집단과반공주의”, [반공의 시대- 한국과 독일의 냉전의 정치], 돌베개. 2015.2.16.(15인 공저)

2014. “How the National Division and the Korean War Affected South Korean Politics: The Notions of “Liberty,” “Democracy,” and “Welfare””, Kim Dong-Choon
in Contemporary Korean Political Thought in Search of a Post-Eurocentric Approach (Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory) (English)
by Kang Jung In (Editor, Contributor), Lexington Books (November 20, 2014)

2013 “Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: An Overview and Assessment”, Buffalo Human Rights Review, Vol. 19. No.2 2013(English)

2013, “Citizenship and Citizenhood”, Human Science, The Institute of Human Science, Sogang University(“시민권과 시민성-국가, 민족, 가족을 넘어서”, 서강대학교 인문과학연구소, [서강인문논총], 37, 2013.8, 5-46 (42 pages)

2013 “The long road toward truth and reconciliation – Unwavering Attempts to Achieve Justice in South Korea”, Jae-Jung Suh, Truth and Reconciliation in South Korea, London: Routledge, 2013(English)

2013, “Growth and Crisis of the Korean citizen’s movements”, Contemporary South Korean Society : A Critical Perspective, London: Routledge, 2013 (English)

2012, State Violence and National Division, Democratic Society and Policy-Studies, Vol.23, 2013(“분단이 낳은 한국의 국가폭력”, [민주사회와 정책연구], 통권 23호, 2013년 상반기)

2012, “Delayed Past-Dealing, more Delayed Follow-up Measures, Critical Historical Review, Vol. 10, Autumn 2012(“과거청산관련 추가 과제들 – 진실화해위원회 활동을 중심으로”, [역사비평], 통권 100호 2012년 가을

2012. Spy-making as War-Politics, Democratic Society and Policy-Studies, Vol.21, 2012( “간첩만들기의 전쟁정치”, [민주사회와 정책연구], 통권 21호, 2012 상반기)

2011. War-politics in Korea under the Cold War and Anticommunist Order, Economy and Society, Spring 2011(89) (“냉전, 반공주의 질서와 한국의 전쟁정치”, 경제와사회, 2011년 봄(통권 제89호)

2011, Korea’s Neoliberalism and the Transformation toward the Corporate State”, HwangHaeMunwha, Spring 2010(“한국형 신자유주의와 기업국가로의 변화 – 이명박정부 하의 한국의 정치경제”, [황해문화] 2010 봄 (제66권)

2010.The long road toward Truth and Reconciliation, Critical Asian Studies, 2010.04 (English)
2010. Korea’s Movement to Settle the Issues of the Past and Peace in East Asia, Korea Journal, 2010 Winter (English)
2010. The 60th Anniversary of the Korean War : The Korean Peninsula and the World, , Critical Review of History (“한국전쟁 60년, 한국과 세계, [역사비평]) 2010 Summer
2010. The Collective Memory of the Massacres during the Korean War and historical Clarification in South Korea, The 11th View on the Korean War, (한국전쟁기 학살에 관한 집단적 기억과 남한에서의 역사적 규명), 역사문제연구소 .포츠담 현대사연구센터, [한국전쟁에 대한 11 가지 시선], 역사비평사 , 2010
2010. South Korea’ s Embattled Truth and Reconciliation Commission, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 2010.03 (English)
2010. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Korea Uncovering the Hidden Korean War, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 2010.03 (English)

2009. Grappling with Cold War History; Korea’s Embattled Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Japan Focus,(English)

2007. The War against the “Enemy Within”: Hidden Massacres in the Early Stages of the Korean War, Gi-wook Shin, Sun-Won Park eds, Rethinking Historical Justice and Reconciliation in North-East Asia, London:Routledge, 2007 (English)

2006. Growth and Crisis of the Korean Citizens’ Movement, Korea Journal, Summer 2006(English)

2006. The Great Upsurge of South Korea’s Social Movements in the 60s, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2006 (English)

2006. The Formation of Korea’s Divided State and Citizenship, Economy and Society(70), Summer 2006 ( “분단국가형성과 시민권, 경제와 사회, 2006 여름)

2004. Forgotten War and Forgotten Massacre- The Korean War(1950-1953) as Licensed mass Killings, Journal of Genocide Studies(2004), 6(4), December, 523-544(English)

2002. Confucianism and Korea’s Familism, Economy and Society, Fall 2002
(“유교와 한국의 가족주의”, 경제와 사회, 2002 가을)
2002. Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg : Problems in Historical Clarification of the Korean War, Korea Journal, 2002 Sep. 30 (English)

2002. Political Formation of Working Class,
Editorial Committee for Memorizing the Retirement of Prof. Kim Kyung Dong, The World of Job and Labor, Seoul: Bagyoungsa[ “노동자의 정치적 계급형성”, [일의 세계와 노동], 서울, 박영사, 2002]

2002. Citizen’s Movement and Nation, Nationalism,
Citizen and World, 2003 First (“시민운동과 민족, 민족주의”, [시민과 세계], 2003년 1호)

2001. State Violence in the 20th Century and the Transitional Justice
Korean Journal of Human Rights and Peace, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2001

2001. Ethnocentrism
SilCheonHunHak, Fall 2001

2000. Worker’s Right in the Neo-Liberal age
Korean Human Rights Foundation ed, Human Rights in 21th Century

1998. “Heterogeneity and Homogeneity between North and South Korea :
A Sociological perspective, Korean Social Science Journal, Vol 25, No. 1, 1998 (English)

1998. Korean Capitalism through the Welfare and Labor System,
Critical Review of History, Summer 1998.

1998. Why Korean Intellectuals couldn’t anticipate sense Current Crisis
Economy and Society, Spring 1998

1998. Korean Society under the IMF
SilchoenMunHak, Spring 1998

1997. State Terror and Social Contract, Economy and Society, Winter 1997.

1996. Korean Social Science and 30th Anniversary of Creation and Criticism,
Creation and Criticism, spring 1996.

1995 Globalization and the Structural Change of Industrial Relations.
Current Society, Fall/Winter 1995.

1995 A Sociological Study on the Heterogenization of South and North Korea.
Institute for Korean Modern History, The 50 years’ National Division and
the Taskes for the Age of Unification,Yukbi Publishing Co.

1994 Reviewing the Maxian Study on Working Class in Korea
Soo, Kim et als. Korean Marxism after the late 1980s, Science and Thought

1994 Globalization and the Changing Situation of Korean Nationalism
Critical Review of History, Winter 1994.

1994 The Counter-Ideology of the Opposition Group in 1960-70s
Institutes for Modern Korean History ed., Political Ideology in Korea
,Seoul:Yukbi Publishing Co.

1993 The Changing Character of Marxist Social Science after the Breakdown of ‘Really
Existing Socialism
Creation and Criticism, Winter 1993.

1993 The Failure of Political Organization by Korean Workers,
Economy and Society, Winter 1993.

1993 The Social Isolation of Korean Workers-The Case of Trade
Unions of Heavy-Industry Workers, after 1987
Ph. D Dissertation, Seoul National University

1992 The Korean War and Change of Dominant Ideology
Korean Sociological Association ed., The Korean War and Social Change, Pulbit
Publishing Co.

1991 Disputes on ‘Democracy’ in the age of Russian Revolution 1917
Sang-Jin, Han ed., Marxism and Democracy, Institute of Society and Culture

1991 Teacher’s Position in Class Structure and Teacher’s Union in Korea,
Economy and Society, Fall 1991.

1991 Working Class and National Problem
Economy and Society, Fall 1991.

1990 The Development of Critical Social Theory in 1980s and ‘Sociology for Nation
and People’
Korean Sociological Association ed, Critical understanding on Korean Society,
Nanam Publishing Co.

1990 Leninism and the Social Movements in Korea
Review of History, Winter 1990.

1990 Some Problems of the Past Studies on the 4.19 Uprising.
April revolution(4.19) and Social transformation in Korea, Vol 1,
Hangil Publishing Co.

1990 How North-Korea Understand the Social Movement of South-Korea
North-Korea’s understanding of Korean history, Hangil publishing co.,1990.

1990 Social Structure and Student Movement
Quarterly, Idears and Policy, Spring 1990

1989 Disputing Points and Tasks for Study on the Korean National Liberation
Movements under the Japanese rule.
Disputing points ands tasks for study : National liberation movement.
Seoul: Yukbi Publishing Co.

1989 Marxism and Student Movements in 1920s
Review of history, 1989 Fall

1988 The Mission of Intellecturals in Korea and Academic Movement
Economy and Society, The first edtion,

1984 Sociological Study on the Background of 4.19 Uprising in 1960,
M.A Paper, Seoul National University

Presentations and Lectures(oversea)

2014. Oct. 25. Keynote lecture, “Truth and Reconciliation in Korea”, Annual Symposium of the Center for the Study of Korea, ‘The Afterlives of the Korean War”, Toronto University

2014.Oct. 29. “The Rise of Family-Centrism in the 1950s of South Korea”, York Center for Asia Research.

2014, June, 15. “From Garrison State to Corporate State – The Neoliberal Transformation of South Korea after 1997“ The Making of Global Economic Player,Korea in Comparative Perspective, CEU, Hurgary

2014, May 18, “Delayed and Institutionalized Justice in South Korea”, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena Systematic Theology and Ethics

2014. May 14, “The Track of South Korea’s Critical Social Science: Its Growth and Ideal”, Department of Political Science, Universite Paris 8 (Vincennes – Saint-Denis)

2014, April 24, “ Institutionalized and Delayed Justice in South Korea”, Graduate School of East-Asian Studies, Freie University, Berlin

2014, April 12, “The Role of Christians in South Korea: Anticommunism and Political Violence, 1945-1050 “ Cold War and Christianity in East Asia: 1945-1990, Tao Fong Shan University, Hong Kong

2014, Jan.24. An Assessment on the Truth and Reconciliation, Republic of Korea”, University of California, San Diego(UCSD

2010.Jan 25- Feb.* Disquieting Traces: Critical Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”January 29th: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
* Disquieting Traces: Critical Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”February 1st: Johns Hopkins, SAIS
* Disquieting Traces: Critical Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”Tuesday, February 2nd: Graduate seminar workshop at University of Michigan (around 4pm)
* Disquieting Traces: Critical Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”Friday, February 5th: Cornell University
* Disquieting Traces: Critical Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”February 8th: University of Toronto]

2009. March 23 – April 5, The Work of the TRCK; Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Korean War, NYU, Columbia University, Boston Collage, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Lewis-Clarke Collage, UBC

2009. March 27. Pursuing the Truth without Punishment and Compensation:
South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Association for Asian Studies, Annual Conference, Chicago

2008. March 23. Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Institute for Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University

2007. July. 10, The factor of the Bereaved Families toward the Way of Past Dealing in South Korea – Whose Truth and What Reparation ?, International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference, Sarajevo, Bosnia

2006. August 1, The Great Upsurge of South Korea’s Social Movements in the 60s, Conference by Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Singapore

2005. Nov. 11. The Collective Memory of the Massacres during the Korean War and
Historical Clarification in South Korea, Potsdam Institute for Modern History, Germany

2003. June 7-10, Forgotten War, Forgotten Massacres, International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference, Galway, Irland

2000. Nov. 21-24. Worker’s Rright in the period of Korea’s democratic transition
Workshop in Indonesia, Surabaya(“Transitional Justice”), 2000.

1998. May. What Explains the Decline of the Korean Left, The Fourth Pacific and Asia Conference on Korean Studies, Association For Asian Studies