Public Historian Joins the History Department

September 12, 2013

Prof Jessica KimThe History Department is pleased to announce that it has hired Dr. Jessica Kim as Assistant Professor.  Kim received her PhD in History from the University of Southern California in 2012, and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship from at the Huntington-USC Center for California and the West.  Her research focuses on the connections between Los Angeles and Mexico in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She also brings to Northridge expertise in public history, including serving as a curator of  the current online exhibition “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990” which is part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.  According to Josh Sides, Whitsett Chair of California History, “Jessica is a rare find; an historian with a copious vision for engaging the public and a deep commitment to producing superlative scholarship.” Kim, a Southern California native, is enthusiastic about CSUN:  "I'm delighted to be joining the CSUN History Department, in particular because I'm deeply committed to the teaching mission of the CSU system.  As a public historian and a historian of Los Angeles and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, I'm also extraordinarily happy to be joining a university in a city with a rich and complex history and vibrant historical institutions."