David Kim

David Kim

Faculty-In-Residence - Hedrick Hall


I am Associate Professor of German in the Department of Germanic Languages, and my areas of research include postcolonial and translation studies, international human rights, digital humanities, and fin-de-siècle Vienna. With my first book, titled *Cosmopolitan Parables: Responsibility and Trauma in Contemporary Germany* (Northwestern University Press, 2017), I contribute to the study of cosmopolitanism by investigating how German writers after 1989 work through traumatic memories of colonialism, Nazism, and communism as cross-referential entanglements of responsibility in the post-Cold War world.

Both in my research and in the classroom, I raise the following quintessential question about the arts and letters in our simultaneously interconnected and polarized world: how does analyzing cultural products help us navigate between conflicting values, different ethical principles, and various signifying practices? I address this broad query by analyzing the works of modern German-speaking writers and thinkers within transnational contexts. With my students, I focus on cross-cultural encounters and international entanglements to illustrate how German studies serves as a critical point of departure for understanding the world at large.

Before coming to the U.S. for higher education, I had lived in Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Venezuela. I received my B.S. in Biology and A.B. in German Studies at Duke University. My Ph.D. in German studies was completed at Harvard University.

I live with my wife and our daughter in Rieber Terrace.


Dr. Charlene Villaseñor Black
Art History & Chicana/o Studies
Sproul Hall
Dr. Christopher Hanscom
Asian Languages and Cultures
Sproul Cove and Landing
Dr. David Kim
Germanic Languages
Hedrick Hall
Dr. Genevieve “Gena” Carpio
Chicana/o Studies
Rieber Vista
Dr. Junghoo “John” Cho
Computer Science
Rieber Terrace
Dr. Keith Camacho
Asian American Studies
De Neve AB
Dr. Michael Rodriguez
Family Medicine
Dykstra Hall
Dr. Michelle Liu Carriger
Theater and Performance Studies
Saxon Suites
Dr. Mike Hill
De Neve CD
Dr. Miryung Kim
Computer Science
De Neve EF
Dr. Neil Garg
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sproul Hall
Dr. Robert Teranishi
Education & Asian American Studies
Rieber Hall
Dr. Scot Brown
Hedrick Summit
Dr. Sean Metzger
Dr. Suzanne “Seppy” Seplow
Hedrick Hall
Dr. Sri Kosuri
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Delta Terrace
Dr. Tara Prescott
Writing Programs
Hitch Suites
Dr. Toby Higbie
De Neve GH