PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
I work on contested historical memory, transnational public history, dissent movements, peace activism, reconciliation, critical heritage studies, and notions of temporality and subjectivity. My research engages with scholarship in memory studies, Korean Studies, contemporary history, and political anthropology, and I have recently joined two new collaborations – one in environmental humanities and another in the history of the emotions. Formally trained as a cultural anthropologist, I take an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary history and ethnographic research with an appreciation for both theoretical analysis and the power of a compelling story.
Transnational public history
History and memory
Modern and contemporary Korea
Cold War in Asia
Environmental and nuclear humanities
Dissent movements and peace activism
UNESCO and Critical Heritage Studies
History of emotions
The family and gender in global history
Cultural Studies, collective memory, and historical theory
Modern East Asia
Global history of the Korean War
Hist 141 – The Family and Sex Roles in the Past
Hist 176 – East Asian Civilization Since 1600: Modern East Asia
Hist 286/372 – Topics in Global History – The Korean War
Hist 399 – Honors Seminar: History of Emotions
Hist 712 – Historiography and Theory of History
Hist 840 – Colloquium in Global History
Kim, Nan. Review of | ‘Korea in the 1950s and the Korean War’ | Journal of American-East Asian Relations | Guest-edited by Steven Hugh Lee and Janice Kim. H-Diplo, (In Progress) .
Kim, Nan. Review of | Challenges of Modernization and Governance in South Korea: The Sinking of the Sewol and Its Causes | Edited by Jae-Jung Suh and Mikyoung Kim. 77.3 The Journal of Asian Studies, (In Progress) .
Kim, Nan. “The Color of Dissent and a Vital Politics of Fragility in South Korea.” The Journal of Asian Studies 77.4 (In Progress) .
Kim, Nan. “Contemporary History and the Contingency of the Present.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 5.1 Ed. Tina Chen, Chelsea Szendi Schieder. (In Progress) .
Kim, Nan. Review of |Korea’s Grievous War| by Su-kyoung Hwang. 22.2 Journal of Korean Studies, 2017: 465-469.