Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
B.A. History of Art and Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
M.A. History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2017
Ph.D. History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
Patricia Eunji Kim teaches and researches Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern art, with a focus on issues of gender and ethnicity, cross-cultural interaction, cultural heritage, and environmental humanities. She received her BA with Highest Honors in Near Eastern Studies and History of Art from UC Berkeley and her MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim is editor and author of a forthcoming book, Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), and an article about intersectionality and cultural heritage (AP3A, 2020). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Bodies of Power: The Art of Hellenistic Royal Women and World-Making, the first synthetic study of the art and archaeology of Hellenistic royal women (4th-1st c BCE) from the Mediterranean and Middle East. She examines how dynastic women shaped royal art as subjects and patrons, revealing how gendered power dynamics were constructed and negotiated. The book brings issues of gendered and ethnic difference to bear on how diverse audiences could interact with such portrayals. Her second project reflects her interests in the environmental and digital humanities and arts-oriented public engagement. In 2016, she co-founded Data Refuge, a public archive that drew attention to how climate denial endangers federal environmental data. Now, with support from National Geographic, the project is building a national storybank (www.datarefuge.org) to document how data lives in the world and connects people, places, and non-human species. Kim has experimented with research and curatorial methods that create open knowledge communities. As such, she has collaborated with artists, scientists, museum leaders, and experts in civic tech and data to develop museum exhibitions and art installations and tell stories across media. Her work has featured (selections) on MonumentLab, Newsworks, Washington Post, The New York Times, and France24.
Visual and material culture of ancient Greece, Rome, Near East; gender, sexuality, and women’s studies; postcolonial and empire studies; environmental humanities; data and digital humanities; cultural heritage