Diana Kim recently joined the Georgetown University community as Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Asian Studies Program. Previously, Professor Kim received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago (2013) and held a Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University (2013-2016) at the Center for History and Econmics. This fall 2016 semester, Proessor Kim teaches a course titled, "Illicit Economies in Asia." This course examines the "hidden" side to Asia's transnational economies, and introduces students to the dynamics and history behind how countries deal with clandestine flows of goods, people, and services across borders.
Diana’s research intersects comparative politics, socio-legal theory, public policy as well as histories of empire in East and Southeast Asia since the late 19th century. Specifically, she is interested in the historical development of institutions for regulating vice and their lasting influences for today’s underground political economies across Asia. Her dissertation and first book manuscript, entitled Empires of Vice, analyzes the comparative rise of opium prohibition in British Burma, Malaya, and French Indochina from 1870 to 1945. Her second project will explore the problem of “dirty” professions amongst untouchable groups in colonial Bengal, Korea, and Japan.
Diana has worked as a consultant for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and her scholarship has been awarded prizes from the American Bar Foundation and the Social Science History Association.