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Hosu Kim
Position: Associate Professor, Psychology
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Office Hours: TBA
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.A. in Sociology, Indiana State University
Training Area: Critical Social/Personality Psychology
Research Interests: Critical Disability Studies, Feminist STS, Critical/Global University Studies, Environmental Humanities, Transnational Adoption Research, Queer politics of mourning and repair.

Hosu Kim is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and an affiliated faculty of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the College of Staten Island and an affiliated faculty of the Department of Psychology with a focus on Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology at The Graduate Center. In 2020-2021, she is a faculty fellow of the Committee of Globalization and Social Change at the Graduate Center.
Her first book, Birth Mothers and Transnational Adoption Practice in South Korea: Virtual Mothering, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2016. It examines South Korea’s transnational adoption practice known for its most extensive involvement since the mid 1950s with a focus on the very process of becoming birth mothers. She is currently percolating a long-term research project on material processes and cultural practices of social repair at the sites of state and imperial violence in South Korea, Vietnam, and Staten Island.  Her work appears in Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, Adoption & Culture, Body and Society and others. 

Awards and Grants

  • Faculty Fellowship (2020-21), The Committee on Globalization and Social Change
  • Field Research Fellowship (2019-22), The Academy of Korean Studies
  • Field Research Fellowship (2017-2018), Korea Research Foundation

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • Association for American Studies
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • National Women’s Studies Association
  • Korean Women’s Studies Association

Selected Publications

  • 실종이라는 연계성5・18 광주민주화운동과 해외입양 사이에서 바라본 보상 정치학, in Korean (translated to “Linked by Missing: The Politics of Repair for 5·18 Democratic Uprising and Transnational Adoption from South Korea,” (March 2021, for the edited volume, 518 그 이후, 발생, 감응, 확장: entitled 518 and its Aftermath: Outbreak, Affect, and its beyond, by The May 18th Institute, South Korea )
  • “Reparation Acts: Korean Birth Mothers Travel the Road from Reunion to Redress,” Adoption & Culture, Vol 6. No 2. (316 – 335, 2018).
  • “Decolonizing Adoption Narratives for Transnational Reproductive Justice,” co-authored with Sunghee Yook, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Vol 20, Issue 6. (December 2018).
  • “The Biopolitics of Transnational Adoption in South Korea:  Preemption and the Governance of Single Birthmothers,” Body and Society online published on July 21, 2014, Vol 21. No 1 (p. 58 – 89, 2015). 
  • “Starting Over; Starting Again: Reflections on the Foreign Student in Public Higher Education” in Deborah Gambs & Rose Kim eds., Women on the Role of Public Higher Education: Personal Reflections from CUNY's Graduate Center (Palgrave, April 2015) 
  • “Television Mothers: Lost & Found in Search and Reunion Narratives,” Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies Vol 12. No 5, (p. 438 – 449, 2012) 
  • “The Kinship of Violence”, Journal of Korean Adoption Studies, Vol 1. No 3 (p. 7 – 25, 2012) co-authored with Grace M. Cho
  • “The Parched Tongue”, in Clough, Patricia and Jean Halley ed., The Affective Turn:  Toward Theorizing the Social (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007, p. 34 - 46)
  • “Flickering Motherhood:  Korean Birthmothers’ Internet Community”.  The Scholar and Feminist Online.  Issue 5. 2., 2007