Contact Information

Email: heidikim (at)
Follow on Twitter: @HeidiKKim

English department faculty page here.

Public Speaking

Prof. Kim speaks publicly on a number of topics on American literature and culture, particularly issues of race and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recent lecture/panel topics include historical and contemporary anti-Asian prejudice and violence, the model minority, the Japanese American incarceration and reparations, the careers of William Faulkner and other major authors, and cross-racial allyship.

She created and co-facilitated “Doing Diversity Work In Your Department,” an active workshop for faculty and staff offered at the Modern Language Association meeting in 2019. This workshop can be adapted for your unit/institution. Read about it in Diverse.


Below are some features on Prof. Kim’s work.

ABC11 feature on allyship

97.9 The Hill: Reflecting on 2021 for Asian Americans

Campu Podcast: Episode Six. Prof. Kim speaks on food and accusations of pampering Japanese Americans during World War II.

WUNC Radio: Prof. Kim speaks with host Frank Stasio on “The State of Things.”

In the video below taken at a public event at Hunter College CUNY, Prof. Kim speaks about the Hoshida family of her edited volume, Taken from the Paradise Isle, at 1h 33′.

Downloadable press promotional flyer: Kim_ParadiseIsle_Flyer

A feature on engaged teaching:









Speaking about Arts@theCore, an arts teaching initiative:


Biographical Details

Prof. Kim has been in the UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature since 2010 and director of the Asian American Center since 2020. She obtained her A.B. in Biochemical Sciences and Citation in French from Harvard University. After college, she worked in consulting and at Houghton Library, Harvard’s manuscript library, before going to Northwestern University, where she obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in English. She has also blogged for Tennis Magazine and published short stories and creative nonfiction in anthologies, Asian American Literary Review, and Kartika Review.