Joo Ok Kim

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-1965
213K Bailey Hall
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.

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. "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.


Announcements
  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Esch for her promotion to Associate Professor.
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student William Adams for receiving the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Summer Short-term Fellowship.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez.
  • View the 3/13 Lawrence 497 Board of Education Meeting here. Ruben Flores speaks from 28:00-38:00 and John Rury speaks from 54:00-59:00.
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey for being awarded the 2017 Graduate Studies Summer Scholarship.
  • Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwallerhas been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Seizing Freedom: With David Roediger and Peter St. Clair
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
  • CLAS names 1st associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion (KU News link)
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student Marilyn Ortega for being selected as one of the inaugural National Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Fellows for 2017.
  • Ben Schmack won the Best Ph.D. Paper Award at the 2016 Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Conference.  Congratulations, Ben!
  • Congratulations to Kathryn Vaggalis who received the Center for Migration Research Graduate Student Grant.
  • Ph.D. student Gamze Kati was one of the winners of the second annual IEHS graduate student blog competition this year.  Congratulations, Gamze!
Upcoming Events
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​"'The Kind of Man I Am': Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus"
Thursday, March 2, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Murphy Hall Room 238

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