Sunglim Kim's scholarship focuses on pre-modern and early 20th-century Korean art and culture. Her research interests include the rise of consumer culture in late Chosŏn dynasty and the role of the professional nouveau riche, the so-called chungin (middle people) in the production, distribution, collection, and consumption of art in 18th and 19th century Korea; artistic exchanges among China, Korea, and Japan; the shaping of images of Korea and her people during the Japanese colonial period; and the use of visual space as political tool in modern and contemporary Korea.
Kim Chŏng-hŭi (1786-1856) and Sehando : The Evolution of a Late Chosŏn Korean Masterpiece, Archives of Asian Art , Vol. 56, (2006), pp. 31-60.
Catalogue entries on calligraphy in The Art of Korea: Highlights from the Collection of San Franciscos Asian Art Museum (Hong Kong: Stacy Quinn of Quinn Essentials Books and Printing, Inc., 2006).
Catalogue entries on Buddhist Paintings and translations of essays on metal crafts and ceramics in Goryeo Dynasty: Koreas Age of Englightenment 918-1393 (San Francisco Asian Art MuseumChong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, in cooperation with the National Museum of Korea and the Nara National Museum, 2003).
From Middlemen to Center Stage: The Chungin Contribution to the Rise of Consumer Culture in the Late Chosŏn Dynasty (working title)