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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Hyunji Kwon

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Visual Art and Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-9997
Resources: School of Visual Art and Design


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2017
M.A. Seoul National University, 2012
B.Ed. Daegu National University of Education, 2008


Hyunji Kwon was born in South Korea to a mother descended from North Korean refugees. Kwon was an elementary school teacher and holds a dual doctoral degree in Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in fall 2017.
Her research interests include postcolonialism, gender-based violence, trauma art, and creative qualitative methodologies, especially their pedagogical relation to the subjectivity of both trauma and non-trauma subjects. Her work explores Western and non-Western contexts with careful attention to the morality of researching and working with vulnerable populations.
She has published peer-reviewed journal articles in the interdisciplinary fields of Art Education and Gender Studies, such as Visual Culture & Gender and Feminist Studies, as well as several book chapters. She is currently working on a book that involves art, pedagogy, gender-based trauma, and performative autoethnography. Anyone interested is welcome to contact her.