Kim’s research interests include the social and cultural history of United States between 1920 and 1975, specifically the ways in which gender, race, class, sexual orientation, age and ability circumscribe women’s and other marginalized community’s participation in the U.S. military, thus reifying the hegemonic construct of citizen soldier as a young, white, able-bodied, heterosexual, male. Using oral history as a method, Kim interrogates the social construct of citizen soldiers and challenges dominant historical narrative of combat veterans. By documenting the lived experiences of women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community, she seeks to emphasize the resiliency and resolve of American’s most marginalized warriors and to disrupt hegemonic understandings of citizenship, soldiers, and veterans. By centering on the experiences of these veterans her implicit intent is to make the invisible—visible, and to eliminate historical silences. Kim’s other interests include: American Empire; labor history; the long civil rights movement; regimes of truth; and, feminist legal history (i.e. laws that disenfranchise women, minorities, the poor and those deemed likely to become a public charge, as well as, those that seek corporal control over women’s bodies). Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio; a Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma in Heidelberg, Germany, and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University in California. She became a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Fall of 2018.