BA in English, Columbia University

MA in English, University of California, San Diego

PhD in Cultural Studies, University of California, San Diego



Postcolonial Grief and the Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas. Duke University Press, January 2019.


Jinah Kim and Neda Atanososki, “Queer Desire and Subjectivity within Postmodern Geographies: Argentina and Hong Kong in Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together.” American Quarterly, Vol. 71.3 (September 2017): 25-51.

“Dismantling Privileged Settings: Japanese American Internees and Mexican “Braceros” at the Crossroads of WWII.” Transnational Crossroads: Reimagining Asian America, Latin@ America, and the American Pacific. Eds. Camila Fojas and Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr. University of Nebraska Press (2012): 191-224.

“Immigrants, Racial Citizens, and the (Multi)Cultural Politics of Neoliberal Los Angeles.” Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, Vol. 35.2 (2008): 36-56.

Under Review

“Insurgent Mourning and the Korean Diasporic Response to the Sewol Ferry Crisis,”Amerasia Journal                                   

“Watery Graves Across the Transpacific,” Media                  Fields Journal


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    My scholarship has focused on the impact of American militarism in the Pacific. My first book, Postcolonial Grief and the Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2019), develops the idea of insurgent melancholia to considers how the Japanese and Korean diaspora in the US negotiates the demand to be silent about histories of violence related to US wars in Asia.

    I am currently working on two related research areas centered around the Korean Diaspora. The first addresses how diasporic Koreans have turned to the arts to organize for the Korean ‘Comfort Women.’  Second, “Unruly Dead Across the Transpacific,” focuses around the regular accounts of bodies or bones that resurface from and due to the Pacific Ocean. The remains are unsettling to military rightist states, and healing to grieving families.









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