Sungmoon Kim received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park and taught previously at the University of Richmond. He was a Berggruen fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (2016-17) and currently is an associate director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at CityU.
Kim's research interests include democratic and constitutional theory, comparative political theory, Confucianism, and history of East Asian political thought and his essays have appeared in the journals such as American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Constellations, Contemporary Political Theory, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, History of Political Thought, Journal of the History of Ideas, Philosophy East and West, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and The Review of Politics among others. Kim is the author of Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2018). He also (co-)edited three books.