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Kimberly McKee

Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University

About Me

Kimberly McKee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. She recently completed a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Grinnell College. She received her Ph.D in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. She is presently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript, Markets, Chidren, and "Love": Investigating the Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex. Utilizing adoption from Korea to the United States as a case study, this project interrogates the institutional practice of international adoption. In doing so, 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.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

  • American/ethnic studies
  • Asian american studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Sexuality studies


  • The Ohio State University

    • 2013 PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of women's
  • London School of Economics and Political Science

    • 2007 Merit, Msc gender and social policy
  • The George Washington University

    • 2005 Cum Laude, Ba international affairs
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London

    • 2004 Semester Abroad, East Asian Studies


  • Grand Valley State University

    • 8/2014 - Present Assistant Professor, Department of Liberal Studies
  • Grinnell College

    • 8/2013 - 7/2014 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
  • The Ohio State University

    • 9/2010 - 7/2013 Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Third Wave Foundation

    • 6/2008 - 9/2009 Philanthropic Partnerships Officer
  • Governor's Committee on Scholastic Achievement

    • 2/2008 - 6/2008 Consultant - College Advisement Specialist