Joo Ok Kim


Joo Ok Kim
  • Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Bailey Hall, room #213K

Biography

Joo Ok Kim is assistant professor of American Studies and Latina/o Studies at the University of Kansas. She is associate faculty at KU's Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Latinx Studies Initiative. Professor Kim earned her Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of California, San Diego, her M.A. in English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and her B.A. in English at KU. From 2013-15, Professor Kim was UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests focus on race and the Korean War, Latina/o studies, Asian American studies, transpacific and transnational studies, and literary and cultural studies. Her book project, Warring Genealogies: Race, Kinship, and the Korean War, examines the racial legacies of the Korean War through Chicano cultural production and U.S. archives of white supremacy. Her work can be found in the Journal of Asian American Studies, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, south: a scholarly journal, and MELUS (forthcoming). Professor Kim's research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the Library of Congress, and the American Philosophical Society.

Research

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. “‘“Training Guatemalan Campesinos to Work Like Korean Peasants”: Taxonomies and Temporalities of East Asian Labor Management in Latin America.’” Verge: Studies in Global Asias, vol. 3, no. 2, University of Minnesota, Sept. 2017, pp. 195–216, doi:10.5749/vergstudglobasia.3.2.0195.
Kim, Joo Ok. “‘Declining Misery: Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers.’” South: A Scholarly Journal, vol. 49, no. 1, The University of North Carolina Press, 2016, pp. 25–37, doi:10.1353/slj.2016.0028.
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, vol. 17, no. 2, Johns Hopkins University Press, May 2014, pp. 199–228, doi:10.1353/jaas.2014.0015.

Selected Presentations

Kim, J. O. (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. https://www.theasa.net/
Kim, J. O. (7/31/2017). “Managing Anxieties: East Asian and Latin American Orbitals of Labor Management.”. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference. Seoul, Republic of Korea. http://culturalstudies.asia/iacs-conference/
Kim, J. O. (4/15/2017). “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. http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/latin2017/x.asp
Kim, J. O. (3/23/2017). “Nuclear Dreams: Chicano Fiction and Speculations of Kinship in North Korea”. Annual Meeting of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Irvine, California. https://www.naccs.org/naccs/default.asp
Kim, J. O. (7/31/2016). “‘Training Guatemalan Campesinos to Work Like Korean Peasants’: Taxonomies and Temporalities of Labor Management”. Latina/o Studies Association Conference. Pasadena, California. http://latinostudiesassociation.org/
Kim, J. O. (4/30/2016). “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. https://www.naccs.org/naccs/default.asp
Kim, J. O. (1/31/2016). “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. https://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/casar/Conferences/FragmentsofEmpire-2016/Pages/home.aspx
Kim, J. O. (10/31/2015). “Declining Misery: Remaking the Southern Gothic with Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers”. Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association. Toronto, Canada. https://www.theasa.net/
Kim, J. O. (4/30/2015). “Amidst Citrus Empires: Hmong and Korean Farmers in Rural Florida”. Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies. Chicago/Evanston, IL. http://aaastudies.org/
Kim, J. O. (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. https://www.theasa.net/
Kim, J. O. (4/11/2014 - 4/13/2014). 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. O. (9/21/2012 - 9/22/2012). ‘Americans, your own flesh and blood’: Kinships of the Korean War. Annual Conference of Ford Fellows. Irvine, CA
Kim, J. O. (2/8/2008 - 2/9/2008). American Mestizaje. Nuestra America in the U.S.?: A Latino/a Studies Conference. Lawrence, KS

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Chollima’s “International Knowledge”: Transregional Formations in 1960s-1970s North Korean Print Culture. American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant. Submitted 11/1/2016 (5/1/2017 - 6/30/2017). Foundation. Status: Funded
Warring Genealogies: Race, Kinship, and the Korean War. Pennsylvania State University, Center for American Literary Studies. Submitted 2/1/2017 (6/1/2017 - 6/30/2017). Other University. Status: Funded
Trans/forming Activist Media in the Americas. The Commons Starter Grant. Submitted 11/1/2015 (1/1/2016 - 11/30/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded