Nan Kim

Position title: Associate Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate in Anthropology


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Nan Kim is Associate Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she directs the graduate program in Public History. She is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose work addresses memory, temporality, trauma, political dissent, visual culture, and the interpretation of contested histories for public audiences. Formally trained as a cultural anthropologist and practicing as a historian of contemporary events, she has pursued an approach of open-ended inquiry, informed by historically grounded engagement, to plumb recent and emerging phenomena regarding issues of broad public interest.

Her recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Forces of Nature: New Perspectives on Korean Environments (Cornell University Press, 2023), and The Routledge Handbook of Trauma in East Asia (Routledge, 2023). Her monograph Memory, Reconciliation, and Reunions in South Korea: Crossing the Divide (Lexington Books, 2016) won the first-book prize from the Peace History Society, an affiliate of the American Historical Association. At UW-Milwaukee, she serves on advisory boards for the Museum Studies program and the Center for 21st Century Studies, and she is a founding member of the Joint Collaboratory on Digital Cultures.