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Dr. Sophie-Jung Kim

Dr.  Sophie-Jung Kim

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Global History

Freie Universität Berlin


  • Smuts International Cambridge Trust scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate. Faculty of History, University of Cambridge 
  • M.Phil. Modern South Asian Studies. Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford 
  • B.A. International Studies (East Asian concentration). Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

My research broadly addresses the ways in which religion and ideas were politicised in the brief ‘idealist moment’ of the late nineteenth century to the First World War. In my PhD research, ‘Rethinking Vivekananda through Space and Territorialised Spirituality, c. 1880-1920’, I re-examine the life and ideas of Vivekananda using the analytical prism of space, migration, and belonging.

Although I am a historian of South Asia, I approach my research with transnational and global framework. As such, in the past I have presented parts of my research at the Transatlantic Studies Association Annual Conference and "The Global Public: Its Powers and Limits" hosted by Valeska Huber and Jürgen Osterhammel at the German Historical Institute London. 

  • World History, South Asian History, Global and Transnational History, Global Intellectual History


I am available for supervising Paper 21 of the History Tripos, 'Empires and world history from the fifteenth century to the First World War', and Paper 28 'The history of the Indian sub-continent from the late eighteenth century to the present day'. For the Historical Argument and Practice courses, I am available for the following subjects: Nations and States, Global and Transnational History, Religion, and Race.  

Outside of Cambridge, I am currently teaching two undergraduate seminars for the module, World History 1870s to 2000s, at King's College London. For more information on this, please email me at 

Other Professional Activities

Key Publications

Journal Article
Sophie-Jung Kim, Alastair McClure, and Joseph McQuade ‘Introduction: Making and Unmaking Nations in World History’, History Compass 15:2, February 2017

Editor of Journal Special Issue
 ‘Making and Unmaking the Nation’,  History Compass 15:2, February 2017