Nan Kim

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Public History
 Holton Hall 365


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Research Narrative

I work at the intersection of contemporary history, memory studies, and the anthropology of politics, with a focus on divided Korea and Northeast Asia.

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary Korea
Cold War in Asia
History and memory
Anthropology of politics
Historical and ethnographic writing

Teaching Areas

Modern East Asia
Korean War and divided Korea
History and Anthropology
Gender, culture, and memory politics
History of the family

Courses Offered

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 398 – Honors Seminar: Dilemmas of Memory and Forgiveness – Contested Histories in East Asia
Hist 840 – Colloquium in Global History: History and Anthropology

Selected Publications

Kim, Nan. “Contemporary History/Contended History.” 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.
Kim, Nan. “Democratizing Global Public History: UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme and Transnational Mediations of Contested National Pasts.” Moving Beyond the National: New Perspectives on International and Transnational Public Histories. National Council on Public History, (2017).
Kim, Nan. “Candlelight and the Yellow Ribbon: Catalyzing Re-Democratization in South Korea.” The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 15.5 (2017): 1-17.
Kim, Nan. “Reuniting Families, Reframing the Korean War: Inter-Korean Reconciliation and Vernacular Memory.” Routledge Handbook on Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia. Ed. Mikyoung Kim. Routledge, (2016): 336-353.
Kim, Nan. “Korea on the Brink: Reading the Yŏnp’yŏng Shelling and its Aftermath.” Journal of Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press 70.2 Ed. Jeffrey Wasserstrom. (2011): 337-356.