Sang Hea Kil, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

MacQuarrie Hall 512

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Professor Bio

Sang Hea Kil is a scholar-activist whose research examines the criminalization of immigrants in the news media, especially in relation to the USA-Mexico border coverage.  She is currently working on her book “Covering the Border War: How the News Media Create Race, Crime, Nation and the USA-Mexico Divide” (forthcoming Lexington Press).  She is currently President of the Board of Directors for Free Speech Radio News. She is also a founding member of Queer Qumbia in the Bay Area and Local to Global Justice in Arizona.  She is a founder of Holly Park Collective, a queer people of color activist collective in San Francisco celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018.  She is an ovarian cancer survivor (twice) and is currently fighting for her disability rights on her campus. She is also a whistleblower:


Research and Teaching Interests

Media, immigration, racism, border issues, whiteness, and social inequality.

Selected Publications

Below is a sample of her scholarly work:

Book Manuscripts:

“Covering the Border War: How the News Media Create Race, Crime, Nation and the USA-Mexico Divide,” under contract with Lexington Books.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Kil, Sang Hea.  “Reporting from the Whites of their Eyes: How Liberalism and Vertical Integration Promote Racism in the News Coverage of ‘All Lives Matter,’” under review at Communication Theory

Kil, Sang Hea. (2014) “A Diseased Body Politic: Nativist Discourse and the Imagined Whiteness of the USA,” Cultural Studies 28 (22); 177-194.

Kil, Sang Hea. (2012). “Fearing ‘Yellow,’ Imagining ‘White’; Media Analysis of the Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882,” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture 18(6); 1-15.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters:

Kil, Sang Hea, Jennifer Allen, and Zoe Hammer. (2011).“The Border Action Network and Human Rights: Community-Based Resistance Against the Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Human Rights in Our Own Backyard:
Injustice and Resistance in the United States (Eds. Armaline, William T., Glasberg, D.S., and Purkayastha, B.). Philadelphia, PA: UPenn. Press. 

Kil, Sang Hea. (2011). “Immigration and ‘Operations;’ the Militarization (and Medicalization) of the USA-Mexico Border,” Traversing Transnationalism: The Horizons of Literary and Cultural Studies, (Eds.  Frassinelli, P.T., Frenkel, R., and Watson, D.). Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.

Kil, Sang Hea, Cecilia Menjívar, and Roxanne Lynne Doty. (2009). Securing borders: patriotism, vigilantism and the brutalization of the US American public.” Immigration, Crime and Justice, Sociology of Crime Law and Deviance, Volume 13 (Ed. Mcdonald, William F.).  Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Kil, Sang Hea and Cecilia Menjívar.  (2006).  “The ‘War on the border’: The Criminalization of Immigrants and Militarization of the US- Mexico border,” Immigration and Crime: Race, Ethnicity, and Violence (Eds. Martinez Jr., Ramiro, and Valenzuela Jr., Abel) New York: New York University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Entries

Kil, Sang Hea. (2013). “Race, Nationality, and Migration,” Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, Ed. Immanuel Ness. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.                                                                                          

Work in Progress:

“Reporting from the Whites of their Eyes: How Liberalism and Vertical Integration Promote Racism in the News.” Book manuscript in progress

“Learning How to Fight: A Scholar-Activist Perspective on Cancer and Tenure, Whistleblowing, Queer Motherhood, and Disability Rights.”  Book manuscript in preliminary stages.