Joorahm Kim

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: Political Theory


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Research Interests

Political theology, Colonialism, History of political thought, International law, Individual rights, Humanitarian intervention.


Joorahm Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on political theory, with an emphasis on the intersection of theology and politics. His dissertation examines the role of theological debates in shaping the rights of colonized peoples and the justification of punishment in international law during the early modern period. Joorahm Kim holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations, magna cum laude, from Handong Global University. He also received an M.A. in Political Science from Seoul National University.

Dissertation Title

“The Right to Punish Infidels: The Theological Origins of Justifying International Humanitarian Intervention”

Working Papers

“Subjective Rights of the Punished: Grotius on Human Sacrifice.”

“Vitoria on the Law of Nations: Theological Origins of Justifying International Humanitarian Intervention.”

“Secularizing Punishment in International Law: Grotius and Hobbes on International Humanitarian Intervention.”

Course Taught as Instructor

PS 461 – Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics: Liberalism and Empire (Fall 2020)

Courses Taught as Teaching Assistant

PS 411 – The American Constitution: Powers and Structures (Fall 2022)

PS 160 – Introduction to Political Theory (Spring 2023, Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021, Spring 2019, Fall 2018)

PS 370 – Islam and World Politics (Spring 2020)

PS 328 – Politics of East and Southeast Asia (Fall 2019)


Adam Smith Fellowship, Mercatus Center, 2022-2023

Summer Writing Scholarship, UW-Madison Department of Political Science, Summer 2022

Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, 2021-2022

Calihan Travel Grant, Acton Institute, Spring 2020

Early Excellence in Teaching Award (department nomination), UW-Madison College of Letters & Science, 2019