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Nan Kim

  • Associate Professor & Public History Director, History

PhD, UC-Berkeley, Cultural Anthropology
MA, UC-Berkeley, Cultural Anthropology
BA, Princeton University, English 

Trauma and memory
Korea in global history
Social movements and participatory democracy
Inclusive peace processes
Contemporary history and the anthropology of politics
Public history

HIST 141 Global History of the Family, Gender, and Sexuality
HIST 372 Topics in Global History: The Korean War
HIST 372 Topics in Global History: Water and Environment in the Nuclear Age*
HIST 399 Honors Seminar: The History of Emotions
HIST 700 Introduction to Public History
DAC 788 Practicum in Digital Cultures

*Course development supported by the Title VI National Resource Center for International Studies


Affiliated Faculty Member | UW-Milwaukee Department of Anthropology; Honors College; Women’s & Gender Studies
Advisory Council Member | Center for 21st Century Studies, UW-Milwaukee College of Letters & Science
Advisory Board Member | UW-Milwaukee Graduate Certificate Programs: Museum Studies; Digital Cultures
Advisory Committee Member | UW-Milwaukee Undergraduate Programs: International Studies; Asian Studies
Memory Studies Consultant | America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Editorial Board Member | Critical Asian Studies
Board Member | Women Cross DMZ



2017 Memory, Reconciliation, and Reunions in South Korea: Crossing the Divide (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books) – Winner of the Peace History Society’s Scott H. Bills Memorial Book Prize

Articles and Chapters

2022 “South Korea’s Nuclear-Energy Entanglements: Contested ‘Long-Term Stewardship’ and the Ethical Timescales of Ecological Democracy” in David Fedman, Eleana Kim, and Albert L. Park, eds., Forces of Nature: New Perspectives on Korean Environments (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press).
2019 “Contemporary History and the Contingency of the Present,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 5 (1): 108-113.
 2018  “The Color of Dissent and a Vital Politics of Fragility in South Korea,” The Journal of Asian Studies 77 (4): 971-990.
2017 Candlelight and the Yellow Ribbon: Catalyzing Re-Democratization in South Korea,” Asia-Pacific Journal 15 (5).
2015 “Reuniting Families, Reframing the Korean War: Inter-Korean Reconciliation and Vernacular Memory,” in Mikyoung Kim, ed., Routledge Handbook on Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia (Routledge): 336-353.
2011 "Korea on the Brink: Reading the Yŏnp’yŏng Shelling and its Aftermath," The Journal of Asian Studies 70 (2): 337-356.