Dr. Kyeong-Soo Kim studied Theory and Practice of Translation (MA) and Korean Studies with a focus on analyzing difficulties in translating Korean fiction into English at SOAS-University of London. Her PhD thesis (2017) applied relevance theory, a study of pragmatics and cognitive linguistics theory that emphasizes the importance of context in conveying meaning, to English translations of Korean works of fiction. She has also studied Japanese in a language diploma course at SOAS-Language Center (2008-2009) in order to read Japanese literature.
She began teaching after completing her MA, assisting the Korean Department as an External Academic Support (2009), and during her doctoral years taught a translation course and a literature reading course as a Graduate Assistant (2010-2014). She studied Korean literature with Dr. Grace Koh and Korean linguistics with Professor Jaehoon Yeon at SOAS- University of London. She began teaching at Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2019.