Joo Ok Kim earned her Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at UC San Diego, and from 2013-15 was UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. Her research and teaching interests focus on Latinos in the Korean War, Latina/o studies, Asian American studies, transpacific and transnational studies, empire, gender and sexuality, literary and cultural studies, popular culture, and prison studies. Her book manuscript, "Warring Genealogies: Race, Kinship, and the Korean War," narrates subterranean histories of the war, histories that disclose surprising and contesting accounts of race, empire, and kinship. She teaches courses in Latina/o studies, Asian American studies, and globalized labors.
Ph.D., Literature, University of California-San Diego
M.A., English, University of Illinois-Chicago
B.A., English, University of Kansas
My research examines the racial legacies of the Korean War through literature and culture.
- Korean War
- Latina/o Studies
- Asian American Studies
- Transpacific and Transnational Studies
- Gender and Sexuality
- Literary and Cultural Studies
- Popular Culture
- Prison Studies
"“Declining Misery: Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers”." south: a scholarly journal (UNC Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press) Forthcoming.
"“‘Training Guatemalan Campesinos to Work Like Korean Peasants’: Taxonomies and Temporalities of East Asian Labor Management in Latin America”." Verge: Studies in Global Asias (Pennsylvania State University: University of Minnesota) 3.2 Forthcoming.
Kim, Joo Ok. "Sleuth Cities: East L.A., Seoul, and Military Mysteries in Martin Limón’s Slicky Boys and The Wandering Ghost." Journal of Asian American Studies 17.2 (2014): 199-228.
(11/30/2017). “The Factory is My University: Unruly Discipline from the Transpacific Maquiladora to North Korean Magazines”. Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Chicago, Illinois. Available Here
(07/31/2017). “Managing Anxieties: East Asian and Latin American Orbitals of Labor Management.”. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference. Seoul, Republic of Korea. Available Here
(04/15/2017). “Reunification Dreams: 1970s North Korea and Speculations of Kinship in Chicano Fiction”. The 3rd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory & Criticism Conference. New York, New York. Available Here
(03/23/2017). “Nuclear Dreams: Chicano Fiction and Speculations of Kinship in North Korea”. Annual Meeting of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Irvine, California. Available Here
(07/31/2016). “‘Training Guatemalan Campesinos to Work Like Korean Peasants’: Taxonomies and Temporalities of Labor Management”. Latina/o Studies Association Conference. Pasadena, California. Available Here
(04/30/2016). “Made in Guatemala, Made in L.A.: Unraveling Korean-Owned Garment Industries in Fiction and Film” . Annual Meeting of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Denver, Colorado. Available Here
(01/31/2016). “Going After Iraq: Fragmented Disasters in U.S. Multiethnic Graphic Novels”. American University of Beirut, 6th International Conference of the Center for American Studies and Research. Beirut, Lebanon. Available Here
(10/31/2015). “Declining Misery: Remaking the Southern Gothic with Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean
. Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Toronto, Canada. Available Here
(04/30/2015). “Amidst Citrus Empires: Hmong and Korean Farmers in Rural Florida” . Annual Meeting of the
Association of Asian American Studies
. Chicago/Evanston, IL. Available Here
(11/30/2014). “‘My Oriental eyes look out’: Revisioning Orientalisms in Rudolfo Anaya’s Journals and Mario
Acevedo’s Comics”. Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Los Angeles, CA. Available Here
Kim, J. (04/11/2014 - 04/13/2014). Carceral Kinships of the Korean War in Leavenworth Penitentiary’s The New Era. Annual Academic Retreat of the UC President’s and Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs. Lake Arrowhead, CA
Kim, J. (09/21/2012 - 09/22/2012). ‘Americans, your own flesh and blood’: Kinships of the Korean War. Annual Conference of Ford Fellows. Irvine, CA
Kim, J. (02/08/2008 - 02/09/2008). American Mestizaje. Nuestra America in the U.S.?: A Latino/a Studies Conference. Lawrence, KS
, , Warring Genealogies: Race, Kinship, and the Korean War, Pennsylvania State University, Center for American Literary Studies, Submitted 02/01/2017 (06/01/2017 - 06/30/2017) . Other University. Status: Funded.
, , Chollima’s “International Knowledge”: Transregional Formations in 1960s-1970s North Korean Print Culture, American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant, Submitted 11/01/2016 (05/01/2017 - 06/30/2017) . Foundation. Status: Funded.
, , (Co-Principal), Perreira, Christopher, (Co-Principal), Rabasa, Magalí , (Co-Principal), Miner, Joshua, (Co-Principal), Trans/forming Activist Media in the Americas, The Commons Starter Grant, Submitted 11/01/2015 (01/01/2016 - 11/30/2016) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.