Heidi Kim

Email:   heidikim@email.unc.edu
Phone:   (919) 962-4042
Office:   Greenlaw 444
Website:   http://heidikim.web.unc.edu
Hire Date:   2 010


Associate Professor


Ph.D. and M.A. in English, Northwestern University
A.B. in Biochemical Sciences and Citation in French, Harvard University


For detailed information on publications, public speaking, and teaching, please see the website: http://heidikim.web.unc.edu

Heidi Kim's work ranges through nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and Asian American studies. Her monograph Invisible Subjects: Asian Americans in Postwar Literature (Oxford UP, 2016) resituates the work of Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and the Melville Revival critics through recent advances in Asian American studies and historiography. A second monograph in progress will extend this focus on the Cold War to the writing of and about Chinese Americans, who were dogged by the stigma of illegal immigration and paranoia about Communist infiltration. She also researches and speaks extensively on the literature and history of the Japanese American incarceration, including Taken from the Paradise Isle (UP Colorado, 2015).

Past projects have included work on Walt Whitman published in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Journal, and criticism and translation of Le Vieux Salomon, a transnational antislavery Louisiana Francophone novel from the nineteenth century (PMLA, May 2010). Currently, I am collaborating with a team of environmental and social scientists to help them shape narratives of food security in dryland west Africa, funded by an NSF grant, and working on a new monograph about illegal immigration in Cold War literature.

Past and Current Teaching/Research Interests:

  • Twentieth-century and contemporary U.S. novel (special foci on 1950s, Faulkner, Steinbeck)
  • Antislavery literature (special focus on Caribbean/Francophone writing)
  • Walt Whitman, poetry and adaptation
  • Asian American/Asian diasporic literature
  • Immigration literature and history
  • Japanese American incarceration history (special focus on Hawai’i)
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary drama
  • Postwar British fiction and drama, especially multiethnic
  • Literature of World War I
  • Multicultural Shakespeare adaptation/production
  • Food security and environmental issues in Africa (Collaborator on NSF grant)
  • UNC historical archives

Teaching Awards

J. Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award, 2014

CoLEAGS Faculty Mentor Award, 2016

TAKEN FROM THE PARADISE ISLE is an intimate account of the Hoshidas, a Japanese American family from Hawai'i, who were incarcerated during WWII. This new volume from the University Press of Colorado features family members’ letters, diary, memoir, artwork, photos, and supplementary government documents and research from editor Heidi Kim. Foreword by Franklin Odo. From the Nikkei in the Americas series edited by Lane Hirabayashi.

For behind-the-scenes info, resources, and talk schedule, please like the book's Facebook page.