Mi Kyung Kim


Life Sciences Building 3323F

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Mi Kyung Kim is a Lecturer in the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. She is a medical and psychological anthropologist who is interested in the beliefs, practices, and embodied experiences associated with the pursuit of health and power through “mind-body” disciplines, as well as in the growing popular and scientific interest in such disciplines. She has been awarded various grants for her China-based research, including the Peking University Harvard-Yenching Institute Fellowship for Advanced Research in Chinese Studies, the UCLA Dr. Ursula Mandel Scholarship, and multiple years of FLAS funding from the US Department of Education.

Dr. Kim has taught at UCLA since 2012, mostly for her home department of ISG and for the Department of Anthropology. Her courses, which employ a student-centric growth-oriented approach, include those on: transnationally significant diseases (Society and Genetics 85); food in evolutionary, historical, and sociocultural contexts (Anthropology 133, Society and Genetics 134); critical studies of science (Anthropology 137/139, Society and Genetics 180); and theories of culture (Anthropology 130).