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Patricia Eunji Kim

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
(212) 992-3732
1 Wash Pl, Room 415

Office Hours
Monday 12-2 Remote by Appt.

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’s teaching and research use methods from the arts and humanities to explore questions of gender, race, power, and memory from antiquity to the present. 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. She is currently at work on Bodies of Power: The Art and Archaeology of Royal Women from the Hellenistic World (4th and 2nd-c BCE), the first book-length study on the visual and material culture of ancient queenship from western Asia and the eastern Mediterranean. Kim is co-editor of Timescales: Thinking Across Ecological Temporalities (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), a book that features artists, humanists, and scientists to model new modes of interdisciplinary collaboration in the environmental humanities. At present, she is co-editing Shaping the Past: Transnational Memory at Work (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, under contract), which highlights the work of artists, curators, and activists who critically reimagine monuments across the globe. Her work has been published and/or is forthcoming in the Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Society and Arethusa, as well as in edited volumes that explore frameworks of postcolonialism and women-of-color feminisms in ancient studies. She has also written about visual culture and monuments for ART PAPERS, Caldera Magazine, and Newsworks. Kim is also an editor and curator for Monument Lab, a public art and history studio that cultivates critical conversation around the past, present, and future of monuments. Kim's curatorial experience includes researching artifacts from encyclopedic museums to co-creating community-driven digital archives. Exhibition experience includes Shaping the Past (2021); Sex: A History in 30 Objects (2015-16); The Golden Age of King Midas (2016); Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq (2017-18); Date/um: Ecological Temporalities Across the Schuylkill River (2016-17). Committed to public access and engagement, Kim has experimented with research and curatorial methods that create open knowledge communities. To that end, she has collaborated with artists, scientists, and experts in civic tech and data to develop art installations and tell stories through analog and digital media. In 2016, she co-organized Data Refuge, developing a suite of arts-oriented public engagement toolkits and co-creating a digital storybank. Learn more about Kim’s research, teaching, and projects at    

Edited Volumes


Patricia Eunji Kim Audits 50,000 Monuments

In partnership with Monument Lab, Patricia Eunji Kim co-wrote and co-edited a national monument audit of 50,000 conventional monuments from every US state and territory. The audit was produced in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to inform its $250 million monuments project and was featured in NYU News and Futurity.


Kim's Time Scales

Timescales: Thinking across Ecological Temporalities was co-edited by Patricia Eunji Kim, with Bethany Wiggin, and Carolyn Fornoff, was published by University of Minnestoa Press.  

Teaching and Research Interests

Art and archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia; critical race and gender studies; postcolonial and empire studies; cultural heritage studies; public art and history; classical reception

Recent News

“Carceral Heritage and the Gendered Politics of Display in Caria (4th century BCE) and Korea (Present).”

With Paul M. Farber, Kim wrote, “Memorials to COVID-19 Must Hold Space for Grief and Accountability,” for the March 1, 2021 issue of Monument Lab Bulletin.     

“Monuments Under Occupation,” a conversation with Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, appeared in the April 23, 2021 issue of ART PAPERS.

“Monument (anacrostic)” ART PAPERS 44.02.

“Monumental Interventions,” Fall/Winter 2020. 

2020    “(Un)making Monuments: Moving Towards Justice.” Caldera Magazine Issue 6. August 15. 2020    “Masked Monuments: Parting Gifts to Public Space.” (with Paul M. Farber) Monument Lab. March 27.  

Patricia Eunji Kim