Please click here for a more detailed CV: Kim_CV_July2018.


2016-               Assistant Professor (School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University)

Research Associate (Center for History and Economics, Harvard University)

2013-2016       Postdoctoral Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics

Center for History and Economics, Harvard University


“A ‘Surreptitious Introduction’: Opium Smuggling and Colonial State Formation in late 19th Century Bengal and Burma” pp. 233-252 in The Legitimacy of Power: New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy, eds. Sophus Reinert and Robert Fredona (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

“Navigating Multiple Archives across Southeast Asia,” American Political Science Association-Comparative Democratization Newsletter (APSA-CD, 2017).

“Standoffish States: Nonliterate Leviathans in Southeast Asia.” (with Dan Slater) Trans-Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015), pp. 25-44.

“The Story of the Tattooed Lady: Scandal and the Colonial State in British Burma.” Law and Social Inquiry, Vol. 37, No. 4 (2012), pp. 969-990.


Book Manuscript, Empires of Vice: Opium and the Rise of Prohibition Across Southeast Asia, 1870-1940. Forthcoming with Princeton University Press

“War and the Selective State: Legitimacy Challenges and Legibility Campaigns in Colonial Asia” (with Dan Slater). Under Review.

“Hidden Orders: The Cooperative Logic of Smugglers and Border Agents” (with Yuhki Tajima), presented February 2018, at Barnard College, Criminal Governance Conference.

“Colonial Origins of Drug Wars in Southeast Asia,” presented October 2017, at Georgetown University Political Economy Workshop.

“The King Who Could Not Die: Paradoxes of Suzerainty in Colonial Southeast Asia,” presented September 2013, at Princeton University History Project Conference.

Outcaste Asia (Second Book Manuscript). Book Proposal Submitted.


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