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 (July 2019)


Associate Professor, IRIS: Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department, Grand Valley State University, August 2019 – Present

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

Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department, Grand Valley State University, August 2014 – July 2019

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

M.Sc., Gender and Social Policy, The London School of Economics, 2007

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


McKee, Kimberly. Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States(Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2019).

Edited Collections
McKee, Kimberly, and Denise A. Delgado, eds. Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2020).

Special Issues
Kim, JaeRan, Kit Myers, Kimberly McKee, and Elizabeth Raleigh. “Adoption Pedagogy: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Challenges, Implications, and Practices,” Adoption & Culture Vol. 7, No. 1 (June 2019).

McKee, Kimberly, and Adrienne Winans, eds. “Special Section of Women of Color in the Academy,” Feminist Teacher Vol. 27, No. 2-3 (2017; Publication date winter 2019).

McKee, Kimberly, ed. “Ends of Korean Adoption,” Adoption & Culture Vol. 6, No. 2 (December 2018).

Journal Articles
McKee, Kimberly. “Reproductive Futurity and the Adoptive Family” Adoption & Culture Vol. 7, No. 2 (Forthcoming, December 2019).

McKee, Kimberly. “The Consumption of Adoption and Adoptees in American Middlebrow Culture.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly(Invited, Special Issue, Expected Publication Fall 2019).

McKee, Kimberly. “‘Let’s Not Get Hysterical’: Was He Even Her Father?” Feminist Formations Vol. 30, No. 2 (2018): 147-174. DOI: 10.1353/ff.2018.0022.

McKee, Kimberly. “Adoption as Reproductive Justice” Adoption & CultureVol. 6, No. 1 (June 2018): 74-93.

Shell-Weiss, Melanie, Annie Benefiel, and Kimberly McKee. “We are all Teachers: A Collaborative Approach to Digital Collection Development.” Collection ManagementVol. 42, Nos. 3-4 (2017): 317-337. DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2017.1344597.

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

Book Chapters
McKee, Kimberly. “Adoption and Asian North American Literature.” In Teaching Asian North American Literature, edited by Jennifer Ho and Jenny Wills. (New York: Modern Language Association Teaching Options Series, Expected Publication 2021).

McKee, Kimberly. “From Adoptee to Trespasser: The Asian Adoptee Woman as Oriental Fantasy.” In Adoption & Discourses of Multiculturalism: Europe, the Americas and the Pacific, edited by Tobias Hübinette, Indigo Willing, and Jenny Heijun Wills (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Forthcoming 2020).

McKee, Kimberly. “Locating Adoptees in Asian America: Jane Jeong Trenka and Deann Borshay Liem.” In Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women,edited by Shirley Hune and Gail M. Nomura (New York: New York University Press, Forthcoming).

McKee, Kimberly. “Korean American Women Negotiating Confucianism, Christianity, and Immigration in Free Food for Millionaires.” In A Companion to Korean American Studies, edited by Shelley Lee and Rachael Joo, 559-582. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

McKee, Kimberly. “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, 119-130. New York: Routledge, 2017.

McKee, Kimberly. “Gendered Adoptee Identities: Performing Trans-Pacific Masculinity in the 21stCentury.”In Gendering the Trans-Pacific World, edited by Catherine Ceniza Choy and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, 221-245. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

McKee, Kimberly. “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, 159-179. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

McKee, Kimberly. “Real versus FictiveKinship: Legitimating the Adoptive Family.” In Critical Kinship Studies, edited by Charlotte Kroløkke, Lene Myong, Stine Wilum Adrian, and Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomse, 221-336. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015.

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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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