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Department of History

Sung Yup Kim

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Sung Yup Kim at PLU, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., History, Stony Brook University, 2016
  • M.A., History, Seoul National University, 2006
  • M.A., Economics, Seoul National University, 2001
  • B.A., Economics, Seoul National University, 1999

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Law and society in early America
  • Capitalism and colonialism in the early modern Atlantic world
  • Riots, rebellion, and revolution in the North American backcountry


Sung Yup Kim’s primary area of interest is the history of law and society in early America. Focusing on the dynamic interactions between justices of the peace, lawyers, and lay people in early New York’s local courts, his research explores how myriad local struggles over credit and property brought out fundamental questions about economic justice, equitable adjudication, and popular control over the judiciary. He has presented his research at the American Society for Legal History, the American Association of Law Libraries, Sheffield University’s conference on “Market, Law, and Ethics, 1300-1850,” Harvard University’s Graduate Conference on the History of American Capitalism, and Brown University’s Legal History Graduate Student Conference. He teaches U.S. history with particular attention to the everyday experiences of diverse peoples.