Diana Kim

Diana Kim
Assistant Professor
 

Assistant Professor


Diana Kim is Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago (2013) and held a Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University (2013-2016). Diana’s research and teaching focuses on the transnational politics and history of markets across Southeast and East Asia, with particular interest in the regulation of vice, illicit economies, and legacies of Empire and colonialism. Her first book, entitled Empires of Vice, develops a comparative study of the rise of opium prohibition in British Burma, Malaya, and French Indochina since the late 19th century. Diana has worked as a consultant for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and her scholarship has been awarded prizes from the American Bar Foundation and the Social Science History Association.


Areas of Expertise: Transnationalism, Comparative Politics, Global Studies, Colonialism, Regulation of Vice, Illicit Economies, Crime and Disorder, 19th and 20th Century Histories of British and French Empire, Southeast Asia, East Asia

  • Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Chicago 2013)
  • M.A. in Political Science (University of Chicago 2007)
  • B.A. in Political Science (Korea University 2004)

Publications

“Standoffish States: Nonliterate Leviathans in Southeast Asia” Trans-Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia (with Dan Slater) 3(1), 25-44 (2015).


“The Story of the Tattooed Lady: Scandal and the Colonial State in British Burma” Law and Social Inquiry 37(4), 969-990 (2012).