Hayana Kim examines contemporary South Korean artistic and activist performances in service of democracy. Her dissertation, titled “Embodying Democracies: The Gwangju Uprising and the Politics of Mourning, 1980 – 2020,” explores the role of performance in dismantling oppressive politics. Her work has been supported by the Mellon/SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the Buffett Institute of Global Studies. Her publication includes a book chapter, titled “Reckoning with Historical Conflicts in East Asian Theatre Festivals: The BeSeTo Theatre Festival and the Gwangju Media Arts Festival,” in Cambridge Companion to International Theatre Festivals (2020). Her teaching experience as instructor of record includes Asian American Theatre and Theatre and Performance in East Asia.