Sunmin Kim

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Sunmin Kim

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Race, ethnicity, and immigration, culture, knowledge and expertise, minority politics, survey research, comparative-historical sociology


My primary research interest lies at the intersection of race and immigration in the United States, both in the contemporary and historical setting. 

My dissertation research traces how immigration change American ideas about race in the early twentieth century, what role did social science knowledge and expertise played in the process, and how such transformation still structures the way we think about race today. I focus on the Dillingham Commission Report (1911) -- the most comprehensive study of immigrants in the early 20th century -- in answering those questions. 

In my other works, I studied political engagement of immigrants and their children, using both survey and interview data. I am also interested in the social history of political opinion polls and survey research. 

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PhD Date:
Dissertation Title
A Laboratory of Distinction and Belonging: The Boundaries of American Identity in the Dillingham Commission (1907-1911)
Dissertation Committee
Ann Swidler/Cybelle Fox (co-chairs); Irene Bloemraad; Mara Loveman; Taeku Lee (political science)