Monica Kim

Assistant Professor of History; On leave 2015-2016

B.A., Yale University 2000; Ph.D., University of Michigan 2011



Field of Study: 

United States

Research Interests: 

U.S. and the World; Decolonization; Race, empire, and modern warfare; Transpacific Asian and Asian American history

Curriculum Vitae

Research Description:

Monica Kim's research and teaching interests lie in U.S. and global race relations, modern East Asian and Asian American history, and international legal history. Her research and teaching inquire into three key issues that have centrally informed the position of the United States vis-à-vis the world during the twentieth century and beyond: the relationships between liberalism and racial formations, global militarism and sovereignty, and transnational social movements and international law. Her current book project, Humanity Interrogated, examines the relationship between two global phenomena that have critically marked the history of the twentieth century - international warfare and formal decolonization - through the prism of military interrogation rooms of the Korean War. More broadly, her research explores people’s political will and imaginative capacity to re-invent the human subject as a way to restructure the means of sociality, distribution, and governance during the era of formal decolonization in the twentieth century.


Monica Kim is an assistant professor in U.S. and World history. She has taught previously at University at Albany-SUNY, and has held a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the Penn Humanities Forum at University of Pennsylvania and a Korea Foundation postdoctoral position affiliated with University of Chicago. She will be on leave 2015-2016 as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study.

Selected Works:

Humanity Interrogated: The Wars over War in the Interrogation Room, 1942-1960 (current book manuscript in progress)

“The Intelligence of Fools: Reading the U.S. Military Archive of the Korean War,”  (forthcoming)

“Empire’s Babel: U.S. Military Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War,” History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History. 3:1 (Spring 2013), 1-2

Participant in Roundtable on John Dower’s Cultures of War. Critical Asian Studies. 43:3 (September 2011), 421-461.  

Second roundtable published in Critical Asian Studies. 43:4 (December 2011), 617-624.

Book Reviews:

Review of Fujitani, Takashi, Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II. H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews. June, 2014.

Review of Michael Cullen Green. Black Yanks in the Pacific: Race in the Making of American Military Empire after World War II (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010) in Journal of World History. 24:1 (March 2013), 247-250.

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