Jungah Kim

Jungah Kim

Associate Professor

EMAIL: jukim@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-757N

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=7416

Professor Jungah Kim received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and joined the faculty of BMCC in 2012. Prior to her appointment at BMCC, Professor Kim taught honors courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow. She studied Asian American and comparative ethnic literary studies, postcolonial, transnational, and global literature and theory, and teaching of literature. Her current research and teaching interests are global histories of economic and racial subjection and the topic of Asian diaspora manifested in literature, film, and pop culture. In 2019, Professor Kim served as chair of the 5th Annual BMCC Women’s Conference. She was appointed a Sabbatical Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School in 2019-2020.


Post Colonial Literature and Theory, Literature of Migration, Immigration and Exile, Gender Studies, English Education, Cultural Diversity, Human Rights, Autobiography and Memory, East Asian Diaspora, Asian American Literatures


  • M.Phil. & Ph.D. Columbia University, 2010

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • The Work of Remembering “Comfort Women”: Memory, Justice, Forgiveness in Chang-Rae Lee’s A Gesture Life 
  • The Absent Empire of Postcolonial Grammatology: Race, Gender, Nation, and the Literatures of East Asian Diasporas


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • CUNY Faculty Publication Program Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • BMCC Faculty Development Grant, 2016-2017
  • NEH-Funded CUNY Faculty Development Program “Building Asian American Studies” Fellow, 2016-2017
  • NeMLA Annual Convention CAITY Caucus Grant, 2017
  • PSC-CUNY Cycle 48 Traditional B Research Award, 2017-2018
  • CUNY Office of Research Book Completion Award, 2017-2018
  • CUNY Academy Stefan Bernard Baumrin Award, 2019-2020
  • Sabbatical Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School, 2019-2020
  • NEH-Funded Seminar “The Search for Humanity After Atrocity” Summer Scholar, Kean University, 2021
  • PSC-CUNY Cycle 52 Enhanced Research Award, 2021-2022

Additional Information

Mirror, Memory, Mother: The Absent Madness in Writing Schizophrenia (Ph.D. Dissertation, 2010)