Please click here for a more detailed CV: Kim_CV_August2018_2


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. Under contract with Princeton University Press

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

“When do Smugglers and Border Agents Cooperate” (with Yuhki Tajima)

“Colonial Origins of Drug Wars in Southeast Asia”

“The King Who Could Not Die: Paradoxes of Suzerainty in Colonial Southeast Asia”

Outcaste Asia (Second Book Project)


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