Dr. Soyoung Kim received her MA and PhD in Bulgarian linguistics at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Since 2005, she has served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Korean Studies, Center for Eastern Languages & Cultures of Sofia University. In 2011, Dr. Soyyoung Kim was appointed as an Overseas Member of the National Unification Advisory Council of Korea.

In the last decade, Dr. Soyoung Kim has published as co-author several books and articles in Bulgarian, Korean, and English on 20th century Korean history and Bulgarian-Korean relations. Among them are Korea after the Japanese Colonial Rule (co-authored with Alexander Fedotoff, Svetla Karteva, Yanitsa Ivanova, Jae Kyo Jin) (Sofia University Press, 2014); Soyoung Kim, John Harbord, “A Disparity between Faith and Actuality: A Story of North Korean Political Defectors in Bulgaria”, in Wiener Beiträge zur Koreaforschung, Vol. 6, 2014, Vienna; Bulgaria and Korean War (1950-1953) (co-authored with Alexander Fedotoff, Svetla Karteva) (Sofia: Iztok-Zapad Publishers, 2016); Soyoung Kim and Evgeni Kandilarov, “Bulgaria and Democratic people’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) during 1960s and the beginning of 70s of the XX century – between Beijing and Moscow”, Bulgarian Historical review, Vol. 1-2/2016, Sofia