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Joo Ok Kim

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Literature, University of California-San Diego
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 213K
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, Kansas 66045

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.

Research Interests

  • Korean War
  • Latina/o Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Transpacific and Transnational Studies
  • Empire
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Prison Studies

Selected Publications

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.

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at or 785-864-1478.

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