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

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

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

McKee. Kimberly, and Denise A. Delgado. Don’t Air the Dirty Laundry: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School (Edited Volume; In Progress).

McKee, Kimberly, and Adrienne Winans. Special Issue, “Learning to Teach: Women of Color Reflect on Graduate School Pedagogical Praxis,” Feminist Teacher (In Progress).

Journal Articles

McKee, Kimberly. “‘Let’s Not Get Hysterical’: Was He Even Her Father?” Feminist Formations (Accepted, Expected Publication 2018).

McKee, Kimberly. “Adoption as Reproductive Justice” Adoption & Culture Vol. 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 Management Vol. 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 Studies Vol. 21, No. 1 (2016): 137-178.

Book Chapters

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, 559-581. 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 21st Century.” 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 Fictive Kinship: 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.

3 thoughts on “CV

  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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