Kimberly McKee, Ph.D.Headshot of Kimberly McKee
Director, Kutsche Office of Local History
Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department
Grand Valley State University
mckeeki (at) gvsu (dot) edu
McKee, Kimberly CV (August 2016)


Director, Kutsche Office of Local History, Grand Valley State University, August 2016 – Present

Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University, August 2014 – Present

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, Grinnell College, August 2013 – July 2014

Ph.D., Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University, 2013
Dissertation: “The Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex: Citizenship, Nation and the Korean Diaspora”

M.Sc., Gender and Social Policy, The London School of Economics, 2007
Thesis: “Gendering Intercountry Adoption: Why Does Korea Continue Its Participation as a ‘Sending Country’?”

B.A., International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2005


Works in Progress
Examining the Past, Considering the Future: The Impact of KAAN (Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network) in the Lives of Adult Adoptees and Adoptive Families

Book Manuscripts and Anthologies
Legacies of Gratitude: Logics of the Korean Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex (Tentative title) (Advanced Contract, University of Illinois Press)

Don’t Air the Dirty Laundry: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School (Edited Volume; In Progress)

Articles and Book Chapters

“‘Let’s Not Get Hysterical’: Was He Even Her Father?” (Revise and Resubmit)

“From Adoptee to Trespasser: The Female Asian Adoptee as Oriental Fantasy” in Adoption & Discourses of Multiculturalism: Europe, the Americas and the Pacific, edited by Tobias Hübinette, Indigo Willing, and Jenny Wills (Accepted)

“Misogyny and its Responses: Moving Beyond Confucianism in Korean American Culture” in Companion to Korean American Studies, edited by Shelley Lee and Rachael Joo (Under Contract, Brill)

“Rewriting History: Adoptee Documentaries as a Site of Truth-telling” in The Routledge Companion to Asian American Media, edited by Lori K. Lopez and Vincent N. Pham (Under Contract, Routledge)

“Gendered Adoptee Identities: Performing Trans-Pacific Masculinity in the 21st Century” in Gendering the Trans-Pacific World, edited by Catherine Ceniza Choy and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (Under Contract, Brill)

“Monetary Flows and the Movements of Children: The Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex.” Journal of Korean Studies. Vol. 21, No. 1 (Spring 2016): 137-178.

“Claiming Ourselves as ‘Korean’: Accounting for Adoptees within the Korean Diaspora in the United States” in Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media, edited by May Friedman and Silvia Schultermandl (University of Toronto Press, 2016), pp. 159-179.

Real versus Fictive Kinship: Legitimating the Adoptive Family” in Critical Kinship Studies, edited by Charlotte Kroløkke, Lene Myong, Stine Wilum Adrian, and Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomse (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015) pp. 221-236.

“Korean Adoption Studies Bibliography” in Adoption and Culture Vol. 4 (Invited, Spring 2014) pp. 177-183.

Book Reviews

Review of Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption by Laura Briggs (Duke University Press, 2012) and Everybody Else: Adoption and the Politics of Domestic Diversity in Postwar America by Sarah Potter (The University of Georgia Press, 2014) in Journal of American Ethnic History (Invited, Forthcoming)

“Adoption of Asian Children” in Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms, edited by Lan Dong. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2016)

“Asian Americans and Popular Culture” in Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms, edited by Lan Dong. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2016)

Review of Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth edited by Diane René Christian and Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, (Portland: The An-Ya Project, 2014), in Gazillion Strong (Invited, February 6, 2015)

Review of Race and the Violence of Love: Family and Nation in U.S. Adoptions from Asia by Kit Myers, (University of California, San Diego, 2013) in Dissertation Reviews (Invited, January 19, 2015)

Review of A New American Comes “Home”: Korean War Adoptees and Cold War Sentiments of Race and Nation by Susie Woo, (Yale University, 2010) in Dissertation Reviews (Invited, November 17, 2014)

Review of Meeting Once More: The Korean Side of Transnational Adoption by Elise M. Prébin, (New York University Press, 2013), in Adoption and Culture Vol. 4 (Invited, Spring 2014)

Review of Reframing Transracial Adoption: Adopted Koreans, White Parents, and the Politics of Kinship by Kristi Brian, (Temple University Press, 2012), in Adoption and Culture Vol. 4 (Invited, Spring 2014)

Review of Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America, by Rebecca Jo Plant, (Chicago University Press, 2010), Journal of American Studies Vol. 44, No. 4: 816 (November 2010) 


Grand Valley State University

Human Traffic and Trafficking (LIB 319/HIS 319/HRT 319), Liberal Studies Department, History Department, and Human Rights Program, Autumn 2016

Meaning (LIB 311), Liberal Studies Department, Autumn 2015, Winter 2016

Visionary Thinkers: Yuri Kochiyama and Grace Lee Boggs (LIB 401, Online), Liberal Studies Department, Spring/Summer 2015, Winter 2016, Spring/Summer 2016

Perceptions of Asian American Women (The Hypersexual Female Asian Body) (IDS 180), Liberal Studies Department, Autumn 2015

Diversity in the United States (LIB 201, Hybrid), Liberal Studies Department, Autumn 2015

Diversity in the United States (LIB 201), Liberal Studies Department, Autumn 2014, Winter 2015

Introduction to Intercultural Competence and Communication (ITC 100), Intercultural Training Certificate Program, Autumn 2014, Winter 2015, Autumn 2015, Winter 2016


Grinnell College
Introduction to Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (GWS 111), Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Program, Spring 2014

Racialized Masculinities in the United States (GWS 395), Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Program, Autumn 2013

The Ohio State University
Graduate Teaching Associate, Rethinking the American Family (WGSS 3320), Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Spring 2013

Graduate Teaching Associate, Gender, Race and Sexuality in Popular Culture (WGSS 2230), Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012

Graduate Teaching Associate, U.S. Women’s Writers: Text and Context (WGSS 3367), Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011


Early Career Stipend for Research and Creative Expression, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, Grand Valley State University, 2016

Association for Asian American Studies/East of California Junior Faculty Workshop, 2015

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, University of Victoria, 2015

National Women’s Studies Association, Women of Color Leadership Project, 2014

Consortium for Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013 – 2014

National Center for Institutional Diversity Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation, The University of Michigan, 2013 – 2014

Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop, Social Science Research Council, 2012

Global Society of Korea and American Dissertation Scholarship, The Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College of CUNY, 2012

Humanities – First Place, The Ohio State University, Council of Graduate Students, Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, 2012

Critical Language Scholarship, The Language Center of Chonbuk National University, Jeonju City, Republic of Korea, The United States Department of State, 2011


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  1. As an adoptive mom who recalled the same anticipatory excitement for the Margaret Cho show back in the day, I was hesitant to get too hopeful about this new iteration of TV land’s view of Asian American life. My now mid twenty Korean born daughter has often wondered where the heck all the Asian actors, models, singers, dancers, performers, power brokers are as she grew up rarely seeing them in the media. We live in a diverse area with large Asian and Asian american populations aka California, but even here she has felt invisible and worse. I hope for a day when we are not able to count on one hand the shows like this one. After two episodes, I’m a bit more hopeful that this one might last. But I hoped that for Selfie and that did not stick around. Please keep writing about such issues and most especially the ways the Asian, Asian American and Asian Adoptee worlds intersect and clash. I look forward to reading more of your work.


    1. Don’t worry about not posting on the blog. I’m glad you liked the post. It’s exciting to see more representations of people of color on television that aren’t one-dimensional stereotypes.


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