Claire Jean Kim
Assoc. Prof., Political Science, Univ. of California, Irvine
Claire Jean Kim holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Political Science and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She also holds a courtesy appointment in African American Studies. She is the author of Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City (Yale University Press, 2000) which won the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Award for the best book on ethnic and cultural pluralism.
From 1999-2000, Kim was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In Fall 2009, she was a fellow at the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Her current book project explores the intersections of race, culture, nation, and species in the contemporary U.S. She is also working on two collaborative projects. The first concerns the Obama phenomenon and the question of postraciality, and the second undertakes a comparative and historical analysis of the construction of Asian Americans and Latinos in the national imagination. Kim is the recipient of a 2010-2011 grant from the University of California Center for New Racial Studies.