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Joo Ok Kim


Professor Joo Ok KimPh.D. (University of California, San Diego)

Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies

Primary Office: 6th College Bldg 1/Ridge Walk
                         Room 345
Primary Phone: 534-3378
Quarterly Office Hours

Email: jok023@ucsd.edu 

Joo Ok Kim earned her PhD in Literature from UCSD, and her MA in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her research and teaching interests include transpacific critique, literatures and cultures of the Korean War, and US multiethnic literature and culture.

Selected Publications

Warring Genealogies: Race, Kinship, and the Korean War. Temple UP, 2022 (Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality Series, forthcoming).

“Memoir.” Keywords for Comics Studies, edited by Ramzi Fawaz, Shelley Streeby, and Deborah Whaley, NYU Press, 2021, pp. 154-156.

“Reanimating Historical Violence in Multiethnic Graphic Novels.” Re-Thinking, Re-Reading, and Re-Seeing Ethnic Historical Fiction, special issue of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 45, no. 4, 2020, pp. 91-112.

“‘Training Guatemalan Campesinos to Work Like Korean Peasants’: Taxonomies and Temporalities of East Asian Labor Management in Latin America.” Between Asia and Latin America: New Transpacific Perspectives, special issue of Verge: Studies in Global Asias, vol. 3, no. 2, 2017, pp. 195-216.

“Declining Misery: Rural Florida’s Hmong and Korean Farmers.” south: a scholarly journal, vol. 49, no. 1, 2016, pp. 25-37.

“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, 2014, pp. 199-228.

“Trailing in Jonathan Harker’s Shadow: Bella as Modern-Day Ethnographer in Meyer’s Twilight Novels,” with Giselle Liza Anatol. Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon, edited by Giselle Liza Anatol, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 191-205.