I’m a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. I’m advised by Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies and President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

I work primarily in critical ethnic studies. My research interests are histories of racial capitalism and the postcolonial regimes of race within East Asian diasporic communities. My dissertation research focuses on how the political lives of Korean Americans in Southern California are shaped by U.S. empire building on the Korean peninsula.

Review of Producers, Parasites, Patriots by Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes
National Review of Black Politics (2020)

Email: mkgard@uci.edu
Twitter: @michellekimgard