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David D. Kim

Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies

E-mail: dkim@humnet.ucla.edu Office: Royce Hall 320

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Fields of interest: Postcolonial and global studies, human rights, digital humanities, world literature

David D. Kim is Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2021-22, he is also serving as Interim Faculty Director for the International Education Office. He is a faculty affiliate with the Global Studies Program at the International Institute. 

Professor Kim’s scholarly interests range from postcolonial, global, migration and translation studies and community engagement to human rightscosmopolitanism, cultural and political theories, global literary histories, and digital humanities. His first monograph is Cosmopolitan Parables (Northwestern University Press, 2017). It investigates how and whyin 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, 2020; 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, MonatshefteGegenwartsliteratur, and Journal of Translation StudiesFor 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 

Featured Works

Honors and Awards

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (2021-22)
  • 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 has developed courses in which students engage with community partners such as the Thomas Mann House. Professor Kim also leads the Global Studies Summer Program in The Hague, which focuses on the history and philosophy of international human rights, the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice.