College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
CLASS Scholar Granted Accolade for Research Excellence

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is pleased to share that Professor KIM Sung-moon, Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies) of CLASS, Professor of the Department of Public Policy and Director of the Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, has been selected to be one of this year’s awardees of the University’s Outstanding Research Award.

Professor Kim's research interests include democratic and constitutional theory, comparative political theory, history of East Asian political thought, and notably, Confucianism, which leads him to look into how justice, democracy and citizen participation should be in Confucian societies, including Hong Kong.

A young and energetic academic, Professor Kim has already authored three books titled 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, 2018). The fourth one Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. He also has essays published in a number of highly prestigious journals such as American Political Science ReviewJournal of PoliticsBritish Journal of Political Science, Constellations, Contemporary Political TheoryCritical Review of International Social and Political PhilosophyHistory of Political ThoughtJournal of the History of IdeasPhilosophy East and WestPhilosophy & Social Criticism, and The Review of Politics.

In 2019, Professor Kim received Hong Kong Research Grants Council’s General Research Fund for a project called “The Political Theory of Confucian Constitutionalism”, and the Korean Studies Grant from the Academy of Korean Studies for a project called “Contingency and Political Responsibility in Korean Neo-Confucianism”.

Prior to joining City University of Hong Kong in 2009, Professor Kim taught in the US for a few years. He has been honoured with numerous awards and fellowships in the past years, including the Ministry of Education Award of the Republic of Korean Government in 2015, and the President’s Award of CityU in 2016 in recognition of his contributions to research and professional education that have helped the University achieve local and global distinction.

CityU has launched the Outstanding Research Award Scheme to recognise research excellence, emphasise the University’s commitment to create an environment conducive to high quality research at an internationally competitive level, and enhance the University’s performance in the delivery of its research agenda.