Monica Kim

Monica Kim

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan
B.A., Yale University

060J Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5300
Fax: (518) 442-5301

Current Research Interests:

My research and teaching interests lie in U.S. and global race relations, modern East Asian and Asian American history, and international legal history. My 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.

At the heart of my research, I explore 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. My 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, where the legal figure of the prisoner of war became the site of protracted struggles to invent the “liberated” subject of a decolonized Asia in the early 1950s.

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