Biography

Nadia Y. Kim is Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University.  She attended public schools, graduated magna cum laude at University of California-Santa Barbara (English and Sociology), and received her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she was an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow.  She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at University of California-San Diego.

Her research focuses on the cross-border experiences of US race and citizenship inequalities among Asians, Asian Americans, and US immigrants; on South Korean society and race/gender; on Latino and Asian American second-generation children; and on immigrant women of color’s community activism.

Kim is author of Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to L.A. (Stanford, 2008), an exploration of how immigrants navigate American race inequality and ideology (owing to US power abroad) not just after US arrival but before it, and through transnationally connecting both societies. Imperial Citizens won two American Sociological Association (ASA) awards in 2009: Book of the Year Award from the Asia and Asian America section and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award from the Racial and Ethnic Minorities section. She also won two ASA Early Career Awards from each section in part because of the book and and has won three top awards for single- and co-authored research articles from various academic organizations. She is currently working on projects about successful immigrant children’s dealings with ‘race’ and gender inequalities, on South Korean multiculturalism, on race theory, and on mostly undocumented Latino and Asian immigrant women’s activism for Environmental Justice (clean air, asthma care).

Kim teaches courses on migration and immigration, ‘race’ and ethnicity, gender and transnationality/globalization, race/gender/class intersectionality, immigrant community politics, feminist theory, and Asian Pacific American history.