Biography

Nadia Y Kim in Seoul

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 transnational experiences of US race and citizenship inequalities among Korean/Asian Americans and South Koreans in (neo)imperial context; on citizenship and race/gender/class intersectionality concerning Asian Americans & Latinos; on South Korean society and race/gender; on Latino & Asian American children of immigrants; on immigrant community politics; and on cultural globalization.

Kim is author of Imperial Citizens: Koreans and Race from Seoul to LA (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 (one from each section) in part because of the book and and has won three top awards for single- and co-authored research articles from professional academic organizations. She is currently working on successful immigrant children’s dealings with ‘race’ and gender inequalities related to college and masculinity, on how Asian and undocumented Latino immigrants create their own citizenship via Environmental Health Justice activism (clean air, asthma care), on South Korean multiculturalism, and on transnational race theorizing.

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.

Kim grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Los Angeles, has lived in Seoul and Florence, and has family all over the world, from São Paulo to Daegu. She is a singer, animal lover/pescetarian, and proud stamp collector, and has long been active in social justice efforts.