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
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.