Communication Studies

Jinah Kim

Jinah Kim
Intercultural Communication, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies
Office location:
MZ 342


Dr. Jinah Kim received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.  Her teaching and research focus on the histories and cultures of migration and contact between Asia and the Americas that are the legacies of modernity and war, and the migration of bodies, capital, representations and culture.  She is currently working on a new book project, Unruly Dead and Transpacific Ruins, which is focused around accounts of dead bodies or bones that resurface from the Pacific Ocean and unsettle militarized knowledge production.

Jinah’s courses seek to build student knowledge and facility with Intercultural Communication, Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, and Ethnic Studies. In her classes, students explore the narrative and visual media archive of the 20th and 21st centuries as a laboratory and field of investigation for modern identities, representations, theory and meaning.

External Grants

2021-2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Award: "Against Forgetting: Transpacific Feminist Arts and Activism"

2020-2022 California Civil Liberties Grant, Co-PI: "World Remaking: Intergenerational Activism and Transformative Justice"



Postcolonial Grief and the Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas. Duke University Press, January 2019.


Jinah Kim. "Engaging the Ramseyer Controversy On Our Own Terms," Korea Policy Institute, February 24, 2021.

Jinah Kim. "The Insurgency of Mourning: Sewol across the Transpacific," Amerasia Journal, Vol 46, Summer 2020. 

Jinah Kim and Neda Atanososki. “Queer Desire and Subjectivity within Postmodern Geographies: Argentina and Hong Kong in Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together.” American Quarterly, Vol. 71.3 (September 2017): 25-51. 

Jinah Kim. “Dismantling Privileged Settings: Japanese American Internees and Mexican “Braceros” at the Crossroads of WWII.” Transnational Crossroads: Reimagining Asian America, Latin@ America, and the American Pacific. Eds. Camila Fojas and Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr. University of Nebraska Press (2012): 191-224.

Jinah Kim. “Immigrants, Racial Citizens, and the (Multi)Cultural Politics of Neoliberal Los Angeles.” Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 35.2 (2008): 36-56.