SeungJung Kim

Associate Professor


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Greek art and archaeology


SeungJung Kim specializes in Greek art and archaeology. Her previous training as an astrophysicist engendered a fascination with time, which she has brought to bear on her research in Greek art. Her ongoing research involves concepts of time and temporality in the visual culture of Archaic and Classical Greece—in sculpture, vase painting, and monumental painting—which she contextualizes to the larger cultural history, bridging philosophical, social, literary and scientific understandings in ancient Greece. Moreover, her interest in the phenomenology of visual perception has engaged her actively with film theory, and more broadly with philosophy of history and theory of art history. She harbors an interest in new media as both objects of study and innovative tools for research and is constantly searching for distinct ways to bridge scientific research with art history. She has been active as an archaeologist in Sicily, and also harbors a keen interest in the cross-cultural currents of Gandharan Buddhist art.

Kim was also the recipient of the Meyerson Award for Excellence in Teaching during her years at Columbia University. Her teaching, in addition to Greek art and architecture, spans critical theories of space and their relationship to the arts, temporality and narrative in art, phenomenology and perception, and gender in ancient art.

Selected Publications

  • The Temporal Revolution in Greek Art, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming.
  • “The Gandharan Odalisque? Origins of the Mounted Nereid Motif in Gandharan Art.” In L. Morais et. al. (eds.) Greek Art in Motion: Studies in Honor of Sir John Boardman on the Occasion of his 90th Birthday. Oxford: Archeopress (2019), 386-395.
  • Understanding Greek Civilization, Seoul: Tongnamu Publishing (2017) (Korean Language Book)
  • “Toward a Phenomenology of Time in Ancient Greek Art” in L. Doering and J. Ben-Dov eds., The Construction of Time in Antiquity. Cambridge (2017), 142-172.
  • “The Beginnings of the East-West Dialogue: An Examination of Dionysiac Representations in Gandharan and Kushan Mathuran Art,” in Michelle Huang ed., Beyond Boundaries: East West Cross-Cultural Encounters, Cambridge (2011), 16–33.



PhD, Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology, 2014
PhD, Princeton University, Astrophysical Sciences, 2001

Administrative Service

Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, 2021-2024