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Yoonsuh Kim (she/her/hers)

PhD Candidate, Literary Studies


Yoonsuh Kim is a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with research interests in medical humanities, environmental humanities, and turn-of-the-century American literature. She is working on her dissertation, Narrative Forms of Public Health, where she explores how diverse literary genres helped represent, navigate, and mitigate public health crises in the Progressive Era. 


  • M.A. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 
  • B.A. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 


  • Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2023- Spring 2024) 
  • Decyk Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2023, Summer 2024) 
  • Fulbright Scholar (Fall 2020- Spring 2022) 

Awards and Honors

  • HRI Graduate Research Prize Honorable Mention: "Sacredly Confidential" (Spring 2024)  
  • C19 Early Career Scholar Travel Award (Spring 2024) 

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 251: The 20th Century American Novel (Spring 2024) 
  • ENGL 255: Early American Literature and Culture, Teaching Assistant (Fall 2023)  
  • RHET 105: Writing and Research (Fall 2022, Spring 2023)  

Additional Campus Affiliations

  • Environmental Humanities Cluster
  • Medical Humanities Cluster 
  • Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory