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 US immigrants’ cross-border experience of American race inequalities, on the second-generation children, and on immigrant 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 connecting both societies. Imperial Citizens won two American Sociological Association 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 is currently working on a project about successful immigrant children’s dealings with ‘race’ and gender inequalities and another one on Latino and Asian immigrants’ activism around environmental injustice.
Kim teaches courses on migration, ‘race’ and ethnicity, gender, and transnationality.