Dr Annette M. Kim is Associate Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy of The University of Southern California. She is also the Director of SLAB, the newly formed spatial analysis laboratory at Price that advances the visualisation of the social sciences for public service through teaching, research, and public engagement.
Her research experiments with ways to recover data of overlooked peoples and phenomena by incorporating fieldwork and humanities knowledge into spatial analysis. She utilises critical cartography and spatial ethnography to re-conceptualise contemporary urbanism and find more inclusive and humane ways to design and govern the 21st century city. She has also researched the development of real estate markets and the reformation of property rights in transition countries in Eastern Europe and Asia. Her books include Sidewalk City: Re-Mapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Learning to be Capitalists: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Previously, Dr Kim was Associate Professor at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She received her PhD in city and regional planning and master’s of visual studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She also received her master’s in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University and her BA in architecture and studio art from Wellesley College.