Gloria Kim, Assistant Professor, 3137 INTS.

Professor Gloria Kim is an interdisciplinary media scholar working at the intersection of the environmental humanities, media studies, visual culture, infrastructure studies, and science and technology studies. Her research examines how properties and systems of the anthropocene – such as emerging microbes, and mutant life forms – have become important sites for the production of new forms of speculative knowledge, disturbed ontologies, novel technologies, and emergent politics. Her current manuscript (in-progress), “Transmissions: Ambient Media and American Security in the Era of Emerging Infections,” explores modes of mediation, forms of kinship, means of capital, and senses of nationhood surfacing amid efforts to manage emerging viruses. In a second project, Professor Kim examines discourses of the microbiome bridging insight from critical data studies, social theory, affect, security studies, material culture, and the anthropocene.


Professor Kim received her PhD from the Graduate Program for Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester and holds and MA in Art History from York University (Canada). She was named Cornell University’s 2016-2017 Atkinson Center for the Sustainable Future/Society for the Humanities Fellow. In 2014 she was awarded the Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Program for Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2012-2014. Professor Kim has published in journals such as Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology and the Journal for Consumption, Markets, and Culture as well as in various art exhibition catalogues.