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UntitledI am an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program. 

My scholarship is animated by concerns with how modern states develop capacity to define people at the edges of respectable society, constructing what it means to be illicit, marginal, and deviant. I research and teach comparative politics and transnational history, with a focus on state building and illicit economies, categories of vice and vulnerability, and legacies of colonialism across Southeast and East Asia.

I am a US-Korea NextGen Scholar with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Silvers Grant recipient with the New York Review of Books. During 2021-2022, I will be a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies. 

My new book, entitled Empires of Vice (Princeton University Press, Histories of Economic Life Series) is a comparative and historical study of opium prohibition across Southeast Asia, which sheds light on the colonial legacies shaping the region’s drug-related problems today. It received the 2021 Giovanni Sartori Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Qualitative and Multi-methods Section. 

Before joining Georgetown University, I was a postdoctoral Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and B.A. from Korea University. 

Please see my CV here. Tweets @ DianaSueKim