Sue J. Kim

Sue J. Kim, English

Sue J. Kim, English

Associate Professor
O'Leary Library 445


Contemporary literature (American and postcolonial), Asian American studies, narrative theory, gender studies, Marxism

Research Interest

The relationship of narrative forms to race, gender, and class/capitalism; cognitive cultural studies; studies of affect (particularly anger and empathy); postmodern literature and what comes “after” postmodernism.

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), which brings into conversation cognitive and cultural studies approaches to anger. She is co-editing, with Meghan Hammond, the collection Rethinking Empathy Through Literature (Routledge, forthcoming). 
She was recently guest editor of “Decolonizing Narrative Theory,” a special issue of the Journal of Narrative Theory (Fall 2012), and she has essays published and forthcoming in the collections Queer/Feminist Narrative Theories (Ohio State UP), Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal (Palgrave), and Postmodern Literature and Race (Cambridge UP).  Her first book was Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race (Palgrave 2009), and her essays have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, The Journal of Asian American Studies, Narrative, and College Literature

She currently serves on the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on the Literatures of People of Color of the U.S. and Canada, and she is MLA Assembly Delegate for the Asian American Literature Division. She is co-chair of the East of California (EoC) caucus of the Association for Asian American Studies (2012-14), and she is co-coordinator for the 2014 International Conference on Narrative in Cambridge, Mass.