Na-Rae Kim is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She specializes in transnational Korean literature, Asian American literature, history and theory of the novel, and Critical Asian studies. Her research examines 20th century neo-imperial exchanges between South Korea and United States, through which both nation-states began to reimagine ideal citizens as subjects exhibiting transnational sensibilities. She traces these processes via literary, cultural and political representations of Korean labor migrants, Korean Americans, and most recently, North Korean refugees.