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Associate Teaching Professor of English

Somy Kim is associate teaching professor in the Department of English Writing Program. She received her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the cinemas of Iran and the Arab world. In her writing courses at Northeastern students examine cultural representations in art and media, exploring the intersections of politics and visual rhetoric. She has researched and worked in South Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. Dr. Kim’s particular research interests include cinema, visual culture, and writing studies.

She comes to Northeastern from Boston University where she was awarded the 2016 Merlin Swartz award for faculty excellence in teaching and research on the Muslim world. Her work has been recognized by Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School, the American Institute for Iranian Studies, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Fulbright Foundation.

  • “Mapping Dystopia in Ebrahim Golestan’s Mud Brick and Mirror” in A Persian Mosaic: Essays on Persian Language, Literature, and Film. Eds. Behrad Aghaei and Mehdi Khorrami. Bethesda: Ibex, 2015. 52-73.
  • “Comedic Mediations: War and Genre in The Outcasts” in Humor and Middle Eastern Cinema. Eds. Najat Rahman and Gayatri Devi. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. 145-160.

Courses

Course catalog
  • First-Year Writing

    ENGW 1111

    Designed for students to study and practice writing in a workshop setting. Students read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing and explore how writing functions in a range of academic, professional, and public contexts. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to conduct research using primary and secondary sources; how to write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media; and how to give and receive feedback, to revise their work, and to reflect on their growth as writers.

  • First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writing

    ENGW 1102

    Designed for students whose first or strongest language is not English. Students study and practice writing in a workshop setting; read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing; explore how writing functions in a variety of academic, professional, and public contexts; and write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to conduct research using primary and secondary sources and to give and receive feedback, to revise their work, and to reflect on their growth as writers.

  • Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing

    ENGW 3315

    Offers writing instruction for students interested in interdisciplinary study or who wish to explore multiple disciplines. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres relevant to their individual experiences and goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and to develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

  • Visual Writing: Writing Visuals

    ENGL 2780

    Explores how visual elements, such as fonts, graphics, charts, and video, work within different types of documents to reach various audiences across cultures. Readings cover several aspects of visual writing (e.g., thinking, learning, and expressing) and draw on theories of visual rhetoric to explore the interaction among content, visual elements, audiences, and contexts. Culminates in an electronic portfolio and collective exhibit.