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Kevin Y. Kim

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email    kykim@history.ucla.edu
Office  5284 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 794-9557

Kevin Y. Kim is a historian of the United States and the world, particularly Korea and Northeast Asia. His teaching and research interests include U.S. politics and diplomacy, the global Cold War and decolonization, dissent, and the history of capitalism. His current project, tentatively titled Worlds Unseen: Henry Wallace, Herbert Hoover, and the Making of Cold War America, explores the early post-World War II period as a collision of dissenting U.S. and global perspectives on the global Cold War. Supported by the American Historical Association, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for American History, and other organizations, Kim’s work has appeared in Pacific Historical ReviewDiplomatic History, Modern American History and a state-of-the-field volume on Korean American studies. In addition, he has written widely on history, popular culture, and public and international affairs for The Nation, The Progressive, The Village Voice, Far Eastern Economic Review, South China Morning Post, and other publications.


B.A., Columbia University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University


Faculty Fellowship. Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Harvard University. 2018-19

Silas Palmer Research Fellowship. Hoover Institution Library and Archives. 2018

William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. 2015

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship. 2014

J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History. John W. Kluge Center. American Historical Association. 2013-14

Selected Publications

“Recentering the United States in the World—Without Exceptionalism," Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (September 2020): 41–43, https://shafr.org/system/files/passport-09-2020-bessner.pdf

Roundtable Essay on Charles King, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century (New York: Doubleday, 2019), H-Diplo Roundtable (July 2020), https://hdiplo.org/to/RT21-53

“Capitalist Collisions in the Pacific.” Modern American History 3 (March 2020): 93–98.

Review of Monica Kim, The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019), Journal of American History (December 2019): 819–20.

“Against the ‘American Century,’ Toward a Third World New Left: The Case of Helen Mears.” Diplomatic History 43 (January 2019): 130–56.

“From Century of the Common Man to Yellow Peril: Anti-Racism, Empire, and U.S. Global Power in Henry A. Wallace’s Quest for Cold War Alternatives.” Pacific Historical Review 87 (Summer 2018): 405–38.

“Empire, War, Globalization, and Korean America in Global and Transnational Perspectives,” in Companion to Korean American Studies, ed. Rachael Miyung Joo and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 47–76.


U.S. politics and diplomacy, the global Cold War, the "Third World" and decolonization, dissent, history of capitalism