Ethnic Studies Department, Chair • Professor of Ethnic Studies

Institutional Affiliation

Colorado State University
Department of Ethnic Studies


Ph.D., M.A., Ethnic Studies, University of California Berkeley
B.A., Sociology, New School for Social Research, New York

Research Interests

Race; Multiculturalism

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Cultural Studies


Dr. Joon K. Kim is Professor of Ethnic Studies with joint-appointment in the Department of Sociology. Since joining CSU faculty in 2000, he served as the advisor for Korean and Korean-American Student Associations, a resource faculty for Asian-Pacific Cultural Center, and the founder of Korean Language and Cultural School. His research focuses on several interrelated areas, including the political-economy of labor, the gendered international migration, the civil society activism, the local-global nexus of human rights discourses, the politics of race (via affirmative action, immigration, citizenship), the multicultural labor relations, and the nationalism-multiculturalism contradictions and co-presences. Based on more than fifty article submissions, his article, "The Political Economy of the Mexican Farm Labor Program, 1942-1964" (Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 2004), won the ABC-CLIO America: History and Life Award at the Centennial Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in 2007. With a grant from the Korea Foundation, Dr. Kim organized an international conference on "Multicultural East Asia" at CSU in 2009, and co-edited the Special Issue volume for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies(2011). He is currently working on multicultural labor history of California, the politics of race in immigration policies (Arizonas SB1070), and the politics of culture in multicultural Korea. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship.

Selected Publications

2015. Kim, Joon K. “Embedded Solidarity: International Migrant Labor Advocacy in South Korea,” Research in the Sociology of Work: Immigration and Work 27:75-98. []

2015. Lee, Jungwhan, Seokho Kim, and Joon K. Kim (corresponding author). "HIV/AIDS Knowledge among Migrant Workers in Korea," Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 24(4):540-554. (SSCI)

 2014. Kim, Joon K. “The Third-Order Multiculturalism: Civil Rights, Diversity and Equality in Korea’s Multicultural Education,” Asia Pacific Education Review15(3):401-408. (SSCI)[]

2012. Kim, Joon K. “California’s Agribusiness and the Farm Labor Question: The Transition from Asian to Mexican Labor, 1919-1939.” Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 37(2): 43-72.

2011. Kim, Joon K. "The Politics of Culture in Multicultural Korea." Special Issue Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37(10): 1583-1604.

2011. Kim, Joon K. and Rhacel Parrenas. "Multicultural East Asia." Special Issue Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37(10): 1555-1561.

2008. Kim, Joon K. and May Fu. "International Women in South Korea's Sex Industry: A New Commodity Frontier." Asian Survey 48(3): 492-513. (SSCI) []

2005. Kim, Joon K. "State, Civil Society and International Norms: Expanding the Political and Labor Rights of Foreigners in South Korea." Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 14(4):383-418. (SSCI) []

2005. Kim, Joon K. "From Bakke to Grutter: Rearticulating Diversity and Affirmative Action in Higher Education." Multicultural Perspectives 7(2):12-19. [Official Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education;]

2004. Kim, Joon K. "The Political Economy of the Mexican Farm Labor Program, 1942-1964." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies 29(2):13-53. []

This article won the ABC-CLIO: History and Life Award at the Centennial Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 2007.

2004. Kim, Joon K. "Toward a Formulation of Foreign Worker Policy in South Korea: Lessons from Japan and Germany." Asia-Pacific Population Journal (United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), 19(2):41-68. []

2003. Kim, Joon K. "Insurgency and Advocacy: Unauthorized Foreign Workers and Civil Society in South Korea." Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 12(3):237-269. (SSCI) []

1996. Kim, Joon K. "An International Labor Migration to Developing Countries in Asia: A Case Study of Korea." Korea Journal of Population and Development 25(2):287-332. [Name changed to Development and Society.