Skip to Main Content

Sue J. Kim


Sue J. Kim, English, Center for Asian American Studies

Professor; Co-Director of Asian American Studies Center
O'Leary Library 476


Contemporary literature, literary theory, Asian American studies, narrative theory, gender studies, Marxism

Research Interest

Asian American literary and cultural studies, ethnic studies, Southeast Asian American studies; oral histories and digital archives; studies of affect and emotion; cognitive cultural studies; the relationships of narrative forms to race, gender, and class/capitalism.

Educational Background

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A, Ph.D., English, Cornell University


Sue J. Kim is the author of On Anger: Race, Cognition, Narrative (U Texas P, 2013) and Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race (Palgrave, 2009). She is co-editor, with Meghan Hammond, of Rethinking Empathy Through Literature (Routledge, 2014), and she served as guest editor for “Decolonizing Narrative Theory,” a special issue of the Journal of Narrative Theory (Fall 2012). Her essays have appeared in journals such as Modern Fiction Studies, Narrative, College Literature, and the Journal of Asian American Studies, and in essay collections such as Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions, Postmodern Literature and Race, and The Business of Entertainment.

She currently serves on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (2015-17) and on the Association for Asian American Studies Board of Directors (2016-2019). She formerly served as co-chair of the Modern Language Association's Committee on the Literatures of People of Color of the U.S. and Canada. She was also co-chair of the East of California section of the Association for Asian American Studies (2012-14) and was coordinator of the 2014 International Conference on Narrative in Cambridge, MA.