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Fighting for Animals in an Anti-Black World

Event Type
Center for Advanced Study
Jun 24, 2024   2:00 pm  
Claire Jean Kim, Political Science and Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine
Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

This talk addresses the following question: How should we undertake the fight for animal life and dignity in a world structured around the phobic avoidance and hatred of Blackness?


Political Science and Asian American Studies
University of California, Irvine

Professor Kim's first book, Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City (Yale University Press, 2000) is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's Ralph Bunche Award for the Best Book on Ethnic and Cultural Pluralism and a Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Her second book, Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press, 2015), is the also the recipient of a Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Organized Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Her third book, Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World (Cambridge University Press, 2023), was selected for NPR's Books We Love list for 2023. Professor Kim has delivered numerous keynote and plenary talks within the U.S. and abroad. She has written many journal articles, book chapters, and essays, and she was co-editor of a special issue of American Quarterly entitled Species/Race/Sex (2013) and co-organizer of the Race and Animals Institute at Wesleyan University in 2016. She was the recipient of a grant from the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, and she has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. She has been a guest commentator on MSNBC, PBS, and NPR, and her popular writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The NationThe American Scholar, and Ms. Magazine. She is regularly interviewed on podcasts, documentary films, and various media on topics relating to race, animals, and ecology. Professor Kim is also a poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Ilanot ReviewAnthropoceneTerrain.orgRising Phoenix Review, and Tiger Moth Review.

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