Suki Kim (2023-24 Keith Haring Chair in Art and Activism) is an investigative journalist, a novelist and the only writer ever to have lived undercover in North Korea for immersive journalism. Kim’s NY Times bestseller Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite (Penguin Random House) is an unprecedented literary documentation of the world’s most secretive gulag nation during the final year of Kim Jong Il’s reign.
Kim’s novel, The Interpreter (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) was the PEN Open Book Award winner and a PEN Hemingway Prize finalist, and her nonfiction has appeared in The NY Times, The NY Review of Books, Washington Post, Harper’s, Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. Her groundbreaking essay, “The Reluctant Memoirist” (TNR) exposed sexism and racism in publishing and the systematic undermining of female expertise. Her investigation of the sexual harassment at WNYC, the nation’s largest public radio station, for New York Magazine, voted as Longreads’ “Best Investigative Reporting,” led to its internal shakedown, from the dismissal of its longest-serving program hosts to the eventual exit of its president. Her essay on fear for Lapham’s Quarterly was published in The Best American Essays series.
Awards include a Guggenheim, George Soros Open Society fellowship, Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant, American Academy Berlin Prize, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship at Harvard University, as well as serving as a Ferris professor of Creative Nonfiction at Princeton University. Her TED Talk has drawn millions of viewers, and Kim was the 2020 Convocation Keynote Speaker at Barnard College, Columbia University, and she has appeared in the media around the world including CNN, BBC, CBS, NBC and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Kim is at work on a nonfiction book (W.W. Norton), The Prince and the Revolutionary: Children of War, which was shortlisted for a 2022 Lukas Prize work-in-progess, given by Columbia University School of Journalism and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.
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