Patricia Eunji Kim is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the art and archaeology of the late Classical and Hellenistic worlds and gender, sexuality and women's studies. Her research brings race-oriented, material, and ecocritical feminist frameworks to bear on visual and material culture. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern Archaeology and the History of Art.
Her research interests include representations of gender and the body, dynastic and royal art, and issues of cross-cultural encounters across political and geographic borders. Her dissertation, "Engendering Power: Dynastic Women and Visual Culture in the Hellenistic World (4th-1st c BCE)" considers these issues through fresh perspectives. A portion of this work is forthcoming in 2020 with AP3A. By comparing bronze monuments from Hekatomnid Karia (4th c BCE) and Korea (present), she examines sculptural display practices by engaging with race-oriented feminist work on embodiment and intersectionality.
Additionally, her academic and advocacy work includes contributions to conversations in cultural heritage, environmental humanities, and digital humanities. At present, she is co-editing a forthcoming volume Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines (with Carolyn Fornoff and Bethany Wiggin). Additionally, she has communicated archaeological and humanities perspectives on environmental issues as a contributor to the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH), for which she currently serves on the Advisory Board. In 2016, she co-found Data Refuge, which received a storytelling grant in 2017 from National Geographic. In the next phase of this project, she continues to examine issues of open data, climate change, and cultural and natural heritage.