Professor of Ethnic Studies


  • Office Hours:

    By appointment only
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor of Ethnic Studies
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

    • B.A. New School for Social Research, NY
    • M.A. University of California, Berkeley
    • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley


RESEARCH: Political Economy of Labor, Immigration, and Race in Asia and the U.S.; Multiculturalism and Diversity; Labor Migration and Civil Society

TEACHING: ETST 580 Immigration and Citizenship in the US, ETST 501 Ethnic Studies History and Theory, ETST 493 Ethnic Studies Research Methods and Writing, ETST 324 Asian Pacific American and the Law, ETST 252/HIST 250 Asian American History, ETST 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Dr. Joon K. Kim is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and a faculty associate in the Department of Sociology. Since joining CSU faculty in 2000, he served as the adviser for Korean and Korean-American student associations, a resource faculty for Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center, and the founder of Korean Language and Cultural School in Fort Collins. His research focuses on several interrelated areas, including the political-economy of labor, the gendered international migration, the civil society activism, the politics of race (via affirmative action, immigration, citizenship), and the multicultural labor relations. 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 a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship.


Selected Publications:


Kim, Joon K. 2020. Organized Labor and Civil Society for Multiculturalism: A Solidarity Success Story from South Korea. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited. (

Refereed Journal Articles

Researcher ID: A-7702-2209; ORCID: 0000-0001-7511-2929

Kim, Joon K., Vincent Basile, Jesus Jaime-Diaz, and Ray Black. 2018. "Internal Orientalism and Multicultural Acts: The Challenges of Multicultural Education in Korea," Multicultural Education Review. [eprint:]

Kim, Joon K., Ernesto Sagás, and Karina L. Cespedes. 2017. "Genderacing Immigrant Subjects: 'Anchor Babies" and the Politics of Birthright Citizenship," Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. DOI: [eprint:]

Kim, Joon K. 2015. “Embedded Solidarity: International Migrant Labor Advocacy in South Korea,” Research in the Sociology of Work: Immigration and Work 27:75-98.DOI: 10.1108/S0277-283320150000027015

Lee, Jungwhan, Seokho Kim, and Joon K. Kim (corresponding author). 2015. "HIV/AIDS Knowledge among Migrant Workers in Korea," Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 24(4):540-554. (SSCI) DOI: 10.1177/0117196815606853

Kim, Joon K. 2014. “The Third-Order Multiculturalism: Civil Rights, Diversity and Equality in Korea’s Multicultural Education,” Asia Pacific Education Review 15(3):401-408. (SSCI) DOI:10.1007/s12564-014-9324-y


Kim, Joon K. 2012. “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.[]

Kim, Joon K. 2011. "The Politics of Culture in Multicultural Korea." Special Issue Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37(10): 1583-1604. (SSCI) DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2011.613333 [] [eprint]

Kim, Joon K. and Rhacel Parrenas. 2011. "Multicultural East Asia." Special Issue Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37(10): 1555-1561. (SSCI) DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2011.613331 []

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

Kim, Joon K. 2005. "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) []

Kim, Joon K. 2005. "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; []

Kim, Joon K. 2004. "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. []

Kim, Joon K. 2004. "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. []

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

Kim, Joon K. 1996. "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; []

Book Chapters

Kim, Joon K. 2015. "U.S. Policies on Immigrant Families: Assessing the Impact of Race, Gender and Culture,"  Proceedings of the International Conference on Multicultural Families, pp. 60-79. Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Republic of Korea.

Kim, Joon K. and Maricela DeMirjyn. 2010. "Politics, Labor and Agribusiness: The Mexican Farm Labor Program, 1942-64." In ?Que Fronteras?: Mexican Braceros and a Re-examination of the Legacy of Migration , ed. P. Lopez, 27-42. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Kim, Joon K. 2009. "Ijuminkwa kŏn'gang: Han'guk-esŏ mitŭngnok ijuminŭi pogŏnŭiryosŏbisŭ chŏpkŭnsŏngi pojangtoeŏya hanŭn'ga?" [Migrants and Health: Should Unauthorized Migrants have Access to Healthcare in Korea?], inHan'guksahoewa Ijuminkŏn'gang: oeguginnodongja ŭiryopaeksŏ 2 [Korean Society and Migrant Health: The White Papers on the Migrant Worker Health II], pp. 277-96. Seoul, Korea: ch'ŏngnyŏn ŭisa. []

Kim, Joon K. 2008. "Insurgency and Advocacy: Unauthorized Foreign Workers and Civil Society in South Korea." In Korean Studies Forum , Vol. 3, ed. Hyuk-Rae Kim, 289-330. Seoul, Korea: Yonsei University Press.

Kim, Joon K. 2008. "A Comparative View of Guest Worker Programs in Germany and the United States: Lessons for Korea." InIjuminui Daehanminkuk [Immigrant Korea] , ed. Cheol Seoung Lee. Changwon, Korea: Gyungnam Migrant Workers Counseling Office.

Kim, Joon K. 2002. “Preface.” In Between Two Adversaries: Korean Interpreters at Japanese Alien Enemy Detention Center during World War II, Henry Hyung-ju Ahn. Fullerton, Calif.: Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton.

 In Korean

김준겸. 2009. 독일과 미국의 이주노동 정책의 교훈.

김준겸. 2009. 이주민과 건강: 한국에서 미등록 이주민의 보건의료서비스 접근성이 보장되어야 하는가?

Book Reviews/Encyclopedia Entries/Letters

Kim, Joon K. 2018. Review of Anchor Babies and the Challenge of Birthright Citizenship, by Leo Chavez. International Migration Review.

"Letter: A faculty reflection on the noose at Newsom Hall," Collegian, 21 August 2017.

"Letter: The diversity of ideas alone is not a sufficient objective for Colorado State University," Collegian, 9 December 2015.

Kim, Joon K. 2015. Review of Migration and Diversity, by S. Vertovec (ed.). Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 24(3).

Kim, Joon K. 2014. Review of The Chicken Trail: Following Workers, Migrants, and Corporations across the Americas, by Kathleen C. Schwartzman. Labour/Le Travail, 73:386-388.

Kim, Joon K. 2011. Review of On the move for love: Migrant entertainers and the U.S. military in South Korea, by Sealing Cheng. American Anthropologist 113(1): 166-167.

Kim, Joon K. 2008. "Repatriation of Mexican Americans." In Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society, by R. T. Schaefer (ed.), 1150-1152. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Kim, Joon K. 2008. "Wetbacks." In Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society, by R. T. Schaefer (ed.), 1393-1395. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.