The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History | Wilson Center
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The Korean War is often synonymous with the 38th parallel and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the Korean peninsula.  What happens if we tell the story of the Korean War from inside the interrogation room? Professor Monica Kim tells the story of two generations from both sides of the Pacific creating and navigating a landscape of interrogation, transforming the Korean War into a global history about warfare, decolonization, and sovereignty. 

Monica Kim is Assistant Professor in US and the World History in the NYU Department of History. She published The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History with Princeton University Press in 2019, and book excerpts have appeared in Foreign Policy and Asia-Pacific Journal. A member of the Editorial Collective for Radical History Review, she has published in Critical Asian Studies and positions: asia critiquec oncerning the United States, East Asia, and warfare. Her work has been supported by fellowships from Fulbright-IIE, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Wolf Humanities Center at University of Pennsylvania.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest and the George Washington University History Department for their support.



  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Eric Arnesen

    Professor of History, The George Washington University


  • Monica Kim

    Assistant Professor in US and the World History in the NYU Department of History