David D. Kim is Professor in the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies and Associate Vice Provost at the International Institute.
Professor Kim’s scholarly interests range from postcolonial, global, and migration studies and community engagement to human rights, cosmopolitanism, cultural and political theories, global literary histories, and digital humanities. His first monograph is Cosmopolitan Parables (Northwestern University Press, 2017). It investigates how and why, in the post-Cold War world, German writers represent memories of colonialism, Nazism, and communism as cross-referential, cosmopolitan entanglements. His edited books include Globalgeschichten der deutschen Literatur (Metzler Verlag, 2022; co-edited with Urs Büttner), Reframing Postcolonial Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), The Postcolonial World (Routledge, 2016; co-edited with Jyotsna Singh), Imagining Human Rights (De Gruyter, 2015; co-edited with Susanne Kaul), and Georg Simmel in Translation (Cambridge Scholars, 2009). His peer-reviewed articles have recently appeared in The German Quarterly, Monatshefte, Gegenwartsliteratur, and Journal of Translation Studies. For a complete list of his publications, please see his curriculum vitae. His digital humanities project is titled WorldLiterature@UCLA. It explores the global intellectual network of writers, thinkers, and artists in the modern world.
- Ph.D., Harvard University
- M.A., Harvard University
- A.B./B.S., Duke University
Honors and Awards
- Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Fall 2021, Fall 2022)
- ACLS Fellowship (2020-21)
- The UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)
- The Volkswagen Foundation Interdisciplinary Symposium Award (2017)
- The CCLE Innovation and Development Program Grant (2014-15, 2017-18)
- The UCLA Office of Interdisciplinary & Cross-Campus Affairs Grant (2014-15)
- Lilly Teaching Fellowship (2013-14)
- The University of Bielefeld Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung Grant (2012-13)
- The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Grant (2012-13)
- The National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellowship (2009)
- The MLA Bibliography Fellowship (2007-2010)
- The Jack M. Stein Teaching Fellow Prize, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University (2007)
- The Bernhard Blume Award, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University (2006)
- The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning Award, Harvard College, Harvard University (2005-2007)
Community Engagement and Travel Study
With the support of the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classroom (EPIC) Program and the Center for Community Engagement, Professor Kim teaches an undergraduate/graduate course in which students engage with community partners such as the Thomas Mann House and Villa Aurora. Professor Kim also leads the Global Studies Summer Program in The Hague, focusing on the history and philosophy of human rights, the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice.