DR Hyun Jin Kim

DR Hyun Jin Kim


  • Greek and Roman History (Herodotus; Thucydides; Late Antiquity)
  • Inner Asian History and Chinese History (Steppe nomads; Han China)



  • Hyun Jin was born in Seoul South Korea and grew up in Auckland New Zealand. His love of Classics and Ancient History began very early under the influence of his father who moved his family from Korea to New Zealand specifically for the purpose of studying ancient Greek of all things! The father was too old to master the language and the task fell on his son, who somehow managed to overcome the temptation to become a lawyer, and chose the path of academia and classical learning. After three and a half years in the UK at Oxford University (as D Phil student) and four years at Sydney University (as postdoctoral research fellow) he has moved to Melbourne. He is the author of two books: the first on Greek and Chinese ethnography and the second on the Huns and the fall of the Western Roman Empire.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • • Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellowship (2012-2015)
    • University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2009-2012)
    • Commonwealth Scholarship to the UK (2004-2007)
    • Fulbright Alumni Award to the USA (2004, declined to accept due to decision to go to Oxford)
    • University of Auckland Masters and Honours Scholarship (2002-3)   


Education and training

  • D.Phil, University of Oxford 2008
  • MA, University of Auckland 2004
  • BA, University of Auckland 2002

Awards and honors

  • Commonwealth Scholarship, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • research interests:

    Greek history (Herodotus)
    Greek ethnography
    Greeks and Barbarians
    Romans and Barbarians in Late Antiquity
    Comparative history (Greece and China)