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Kimberly D. McKee
Kimberly McKee received her Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. Her current research project interrogates the institutional practice of international adoption. Utilizing adoption from Korea to the United States as a case study, she traces the origins of what she terms, the transnational adoption industrial complex, and challenges the portrayal of international adoption as solely an act of humanitarianism and child rescue. Instead, she contends that international adoption is linked to American Cold War ambitions, including the desire to promote democracy abroad. Engaging the adoptive family as a site of national belonging, she also contributes to a more nuanced, differentiated understanding of what it means to be Asian and American in the United States. She is also developing her second research project, which interrogates how legacies of American militarism in Asia influence the portrayal of Asian women in American popular culture. In particular, she explores the effects of racialized and sexualized depictions of Asian/Asian American women on female adoptee bodies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.