Nan Kim-Paik

Nan Kim

Associate Professor

Office: Holton Hall, Room 385
Phone: (414) 229-3961


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Research Interests:

Divided Korea, cultural and political anthropology, contemporary history of East Asia, cultural politics of war memory, family and kinship, cosmopolitanism

Teaching Areas:

Modern East Asia, social and cultural history, global Cold War, Korean War, family, gender

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: History, Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia
Hist 840: Power, Culture and Historiography of the Global Cold War

Selected Publications and Presentations:

"Intimate Cold War Legacies, Neoliberal Mediations and the Transmission of Affect in South Korea," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, November 2011.

"Korea on the Brink: Reading the Yŏnp’yŏng Shelling and its Aftermath," Journal of Asian Studies, 70:2 (May 2011) 337-356.

“Cultural Anthropology, Korean Studies, and Histories of the Present,” Yeongwol-Yonsei International Forum (Yeongwol, South Korea) May, 2011

"Reviving the War Dead: 'Reunions,' Kinship and the Temporality of the Cold War in Divided Korea," Cold War Cultures Conference, University of Texas at Austin, October 2010.

“Impossible Returns: The Temporary Border-Crossings of Separated Korean Family Members,” paper presented on the panel," Crossing the Divide: Migration and Disruptions of Identity among North Koreans and South Koreans," Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, March, 2010.

"Mourning Those who Waited: Mediations of Political Technology and the Return of the Korean War's Presumed Dead." 107th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 2008.