Prof. Kim’s research and teaching ranges through 19th-21st century American literature, chiefly prose fiction but an increasing amount of theater and performance. Currently, her research focus is in mid-twentieth-century American novels and the history and literature of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. She has also published on Walt Whitman and antislavery literature, including the partial translation of Louisiana Francophone novel Le vieux Salomon.
She is currently working on a second monograph about literature treating the subject of illegal immigration during the Cold War and a number of collaborative environmental projects, including an NSF-funded project to study and model food security in dryland West Africa.
At UNC, she serves on the Administrative Board of the UNC Library and the faculty advisory committees of Carolina Performing Arts and the UNC Process Series, which brings in playwrights and performance artists to workshop pieces in progress. Her past collaborations with and presentations of artists include playwright Philip Gotanda, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and singer/songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane. For more information about her teaching at UNC, please click on Teaching in the menu bar above.
Professor Kim engages extensively with both academic and community audiences, including teacher trainings, library talks, and curtain talks or post-show discussions of plays and performances. If you would like to contact her about a possible speaking engagement, please see the About page for contact information or email her here.