Prof. KIM Sungmoon (金聖文)

BA Yonsei, MA AKS, PhD Maryland

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34428274

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Sungmoon Kim is professor of political theory and director of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at City University of Hong Kong. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park and taught previously at the University of Richmond. His research interests include comparative political theory, democratic and constitutional theory, and history of East Asian political thought and his essays have appeared in the journals such as American Political Science ReviewBritish Journal of Political ScienceConstellationsContemporary Political TheoryCritical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyHistory of Political ThoughtJournal of the History of IdeasJournal of PoliticsLaw & Social Inquiry, Philosophy East and WestPhilosophy & Social Criticism, and The Review of Politics among others. Kim is the author of four books -- 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), Democracy after Virtue: Toward Pragmatic Confucian Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi (Cambridge University Press, 2020). In 2016-2017, Kim was a Berggruen Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Confucian democratic and constitutional theory
  • Comparative political theory
  • History of East Asian political thought
  • Korean politics and political theory


  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Ethics in Government
  • Justice and Civil Society