Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud is Chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, Professor of Korean language and Culture and International Affairs, and a faculty member of the Linguistics Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is the initiator and a co-convener of the annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities series at GW, which had its 17th meeting in 2009. Before joining GW, Dr. Kim-Renaud served as Assistant Program Director for Linguistics at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). In 1986-87, she taught at Harvard University as a visiting lecturer. She is past President of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics (ICKL) and has been the Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Korean Linguistics, since 2002.
A theoretical linguist with a broad interest in the Korean humanities and Asian affairs, Dr. Kim-Renaud has published widely on Korean linguistics, the Korean writing system, language and society, language and politics, cross-cultural communications, Korean cultural history and current affairs. Her publications include ten books: Korean Consonantal Phonology (Seoul: Pagoda Press, Hanshin Publishing); Studies in Korean Linguistics (Seoul: Hanshin Publishing); The Korean Alphabet: Its History and Structure (U. of Hawai'i Press); Theoretical Issues in Korean Linguistics (Stanford: CSLI); Studies in Korean Syntax and Semantics by Susumu Kuno et al (Seoul: Pagijong Press); King Sejong the Great: The Light of 15th-CenturyKorea (Washington, DC: ICKL, translated into Korean [Sin'gumunhwasa] and German [Edition Peperkorn]); Creative Women of Korea: The Fifteenth through the Twentieth Centuries (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe); And So Flows History (University of Hawai'i Press); a Festschrift in Honor of Jin-Heung Kim (Seoul: Life and Dream Book Publishing Co.); and Korean: An Essential Grammar (London: Routledge). She has edited three issues of the Korean Linguistics journal, and published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.
Dr. Kim-Renaud has organized major academic conferences, cultural activities and performances, which include an international conference on Korean linguistics, a symposium on the Korean writing system, an exhibition on King Sejong and the Korean science and humanities of his era, Korean film festivals, including the one on behalf of 22 US colleges, Kayagum concerts, and a Taekwondo ballet performance. She has also organized or participated in outreach programs for Korean and Korean-American communities. As a language and culture and international affairs expert, she has testified in U.S. courts for both criminal and civil cases and has been interviewed by various U.S. and Korean media including the U.S. National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and the Korean KBS, MBC, and Segye Times.
Prof. Kim-Renaud was inducted into two honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta. She was elected to the Cosmos Club in 2000. She has won numerous individual research grants, program and institutional grants for GW from various funding agencies in the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. She is a recipient of three Fulbright awards, twice for Korea and once for Jordan. In 2006 she received the Republic of Korea Jade Order of Cultural Merit. In 2008 she was chosen as the winner of a Bichumi Grand Award by the Samsung Life Foundation in Korea as the Woman of the Year for Public Service.
Young-Key Kim-Renaud, with her GW colleague Miok Pak, has been engaged in research on Business Korean. They organized a special immersion workshop for Korean instructors under the title of "Teaching Business Korean in the 21st Century: A Professional Development Seminar for Korean Instructors" on May 7, 2010, 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (http://business.gwu.edu/CIBER/events/10/Koreanbusinesslanguage/Koreanbusinesslanguage.html). Another WKAF member, Yoon-shik Park, was one of the invited speakers.
Young-Key Kim-Renaud is a keynote speaker at the 20th annual Japanese-Korean Linguistics Conference at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, October 1-3, 2010. "The JK conference is the only long-running general conference on Japanese and Korean linguistics and attracts the highest calibre of academic research in all areas of linguistics relevant to one or both languages. Its prominence and dual focus gives specialists a chance to meet, present, discuss and learn across disciplinary boundaries. Proceedings are published by CSLI Publications and represent an important outlet for cutting-edge research in Japanese and Korean linguistics."