Kim’s primary research interests are in linguistics, which aims to understand the nature of human minds by investigating language and communication. She has conducted research on syntax-semantic interfaces of questions and adjunct clauses in East Asian and Austronesian languages based on fieldwork and data elicitation. Her interests also include teaching English as a second language in the academic setting, World Englishes, and academic writing.


Research Interests: Cognitive linguistics, English for Academic Purposes, Syntax-Semantics Interfaces



B.A.: Korea University, 2005

M.A.: Korea University, 2007

Ph.D.: University of Delaware, 2018


Selected Publications:

J. Kim, P. Cole, G. Hermon and P. M. Sumartini, The Distribution of Adverbial and Nominal Wh-forms in Balinese, Papers from the Austronesian Formal Linguistics association (AFLA) 24: 31-41 (2019).

J. Kim, Embedding without a license?: typology of unselected embedded clauses, Ph.D. thesis, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware (May 2018).

S. Tomioka and J. Kim, A new embedding strategy: Purposeful questions in Japanese and Korean, The proceedings of Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL) 12 (2017).

Selected Presentations :

Two years down: Developing a Foundation writing course for postgraduates in India, The 3rd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum (EAC), with L. Lazar. (May 20, 2021)

Maximum Engagement Minimum Distraction: In-Class Writing Activities,  Online and Downloadable: Academic and Creative Writing Pedagogies in the Pandemic, with S. Lahiri (Feb 12, 2021)

Wh-in-situ: Implication Universals, The 6th meeting of Cambridge Comparative Syntax. (CamCos), with G. Hermon and P. Cole. (May 4, 2017)

The Distribution of Adverbial and Nominal Wh-forms in Balinese, The 24th meeting of Aus- tronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA), with P. Cole, G. Hermon and P. M. Sumartini. (April 8, 2017)

Work Experience:

Assistant Teaching Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (Jan 2020 – Present)

English Tutor/Khbrat Program Assistant, University of Delaware English Language Institute (Aug 2018 – Jul 2019)

Korean Language Teacher, Delaware Korean School (Aug 2017 – May 2019)

Research Assistant, UNESCO (Aug 2018)

Graduate Assistant, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Lab (UD)(Mar 2018 – May 2018)

Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware (Feb 2011 – May 2016)

Researcher/ Research Assistant, Center for Electronic Text, Korea University (Sep 2005 – Jul 2009)