Sang Hea Kil, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

MacQuarrie Hall 512

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Curriculum Vitae



Professor Bio

Sang 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 President of the Board of Directors for Free Speech Radio News. She is also a founding member and organizer of Queer Qumbia in the Bay Area. 

Research and Teaching Interests

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

Selected Publications

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

Kil, Sang. (2011) “Immigration and ‘Operations;’ the Militarization (and Medicalization) of the USA-Mexico Border,” Traversing Transnationalism: The Horizons of Literary and Cultural Studies, Eds.  Ronit Frenkel, Pier Paolo Frassinelli, and David Watson. Rodopi Press (Netherlands).

Kil, Sang Hea, Cecilia Menjívar, and Roxanne Lynne Doty. (2009) “The Border Spectacle: Patriotism, Vigilantes and Brutalization of the US American Public” Immigration, Crime and Justice. Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance series.  Ed. William McDonald. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd (United Kingdom).

Adelman, Madelaine and Sang Hea Kil.  (2007). “Dating Conflicts: Rethinking Dating Violence & Youth Conflict,” Violence Against Women 13 (12); 1296-1318.

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

Menjívar, Cecilia and Sang Hea Kil.  (2002). “‘For Your Own Good’: Benevolent Rhetoric and Exclusionary Language in Public Officials’ Discourse on Immigrant-Related Issues,” Social Justice 29(1-2); 160-176.