Monica Kim Receives First Book Praise & Second Book Funding

Monica Kim portraitCongratulations to Professor Monica Kim, who has been selected as a 2022 Summer Humanities Research Fellow with the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison. Funded by the College of Letters & Science and the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, the Summer Humanities Research Fellowship program supports tenured faculty at UW-Madison pursuing their “next big project” in the humanities. Professor Kim has received support for her second book project, “The World that Hunger Made: The Koreas, the United States, and Afro-Asia.”

Kim’s first book, The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019) was met with widespread acclaim and has received top book awards from the Association for Asian American Studies, the Association for Asian Studies, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Society for Military History. It was also recently reviewed by E. Tammy Kim in the New York Review of Books. The review states “Kim presents a ‘bottom-up,’ people-centered history of the first hot war of the cold war. Her book catalogs the torn, often arbitrary allegiances of the Korean people—like so many people split apart by mass violence.”