Faculty & Staff

Jaymelee Kim, Ph.D.
Jaymelee Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Forensic Science
Year started at UF: 2014
Contact Information
Telephone: 419-434-5590
B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
M.A., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • ​​​​​​Academic Credentials:

    Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, The University of Tennessee Knoxville
    Master of Arts in Anthropology, The University of Tennessee Knoxville
    Bachelor of Science in Packaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

    Jaymelee Kim is a political, legal, and forensic anthropologist who earned her PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She also holds two graduate certificates; one in linguistics, and one in disaster, displacement, and human rights anthropology. Her BS in packaging (materials) science was completed at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

    Dr. Kim's work traverses anthropological subdisciplines and geographical regions to analyze human rights, forensic, and social justice issues in "post-conflict" and "post-colonial" contexts; particularly the role of forensic investigations and other tools that fall under the umbrella of transitional justice. Contested communication, expectations, and perceptions of various stakeholders in these contexts drives her research, as the findings are relevant and potentially transformative both theoretically and methodologically.She has completed fieldwork in Canada, Greece, Uganda, and the United States, and she has received funding for research projects from both the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Additionally, applied work experience in archaeology, forensic anthropology, and cultural anthropology complement her research agenda and provide real-world examples for the classroom setting.

    Returning to northwest Ohio, Dr. Kim accepted a position at the University of Findlay that allows her to expand upon her interdisciplinary skills while bringing her research and experience into the classroom.

    Digital Presence

    www.jaymeleekim.com, findlay.academia.edu/JaymeleeKim, Twitter: @JaymeleeKim

  • Professional Memberships 

    • ​​Associate Member, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    • Member, American Anthropological Association
    • Member, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
    • Member, Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology
    • Member, Society for the Anthropology of North America

    Professional Service

    • Conference Co-Coordinator, Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association (2016-19)
    • Human Rights Delegate, Members' Programmatic Advising and Advocacy Committee of the American Anthropological Association

    Service to the University and Community

    • ​​Co-Vice Chair, Institutional Review Board
    • Member, Undergraduate Council / Faculty Senate
    • Chair, Honors Program Advisory Board
    • Delegate, Academic Integrity (CAHSS)
    • Member, Forensic Science Program Advisory Board
    • Secretary, Hancock County Chapter of the NW Ohio Rescue and Restore Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

  • Publications

    Kim, Jaymelee J. 2018. "Perspectives from the Ground: Bureaucratic Violence, Identity, and Transitional Justice in Canada." Conflict and Society: Advances in Research 4(1).

    Kim, Jaymelee J. 2018. "An Alternative Approach to Forensic Anthropology: Findings from Northern Uganda." African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review 8(1):29-53.  

    Kim, Jaymelee J. 2017. "Applied Anthropology in Transitional Justice." Practicing Anthropology 39(1):24-28.

    Kim, Jaymelee J. 2014. "They Made Us Unrecognizable to Each Other: Transitional Justice, Reconciliation, and Human Rights in Canada." In fulfillment of the doctoral dissertation requirements at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    Professional Presentations
    • 2018 Kim, Jaymelee J. Violence of Care: Human Trafficking Intervention in Rural Ohio. 117th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA.
    • 2018 Kim, Jaymelee J. and Leigha Shoup. Analyzing Human Trafficking Survivor Intervention and Violence in Rural Ohio: A Community-Based Anthropological Approach. 15th International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, 09/27-09/28, Toledo, Ohio.
    • 2017 Kim, Jaymelee J. The Business of Reconciliation: Bureaucracy, Identity, and Indigeneity. 116th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 11/29-12/3, Washington, D.C.
    • 2017 Kim, Jaymelee J. Bureaucracies of Violence: Discussions from Canada and Uganda. 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, 3/29-4/2, Sante Fe, NM.
    • 2016 Kim, Jaymelee J. Negotiating the Everyday: Indigenous Trauma, Justice, and Identity in Canada. 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 11/16-11/20, Minneapolis, MN.
    • 2016 Kim, Jaymelee J. Practitioner Perspectives: At the Intersection of Theory and Practice in the Aftermath of Canada's Indian Residential School Era. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, 3/29-4/2, Vancouver, BC, CAN.
    • 2015 Kim, Jaymelee J. The Other Sides of Transitional Justice in Canada: Operationalization, Corruption, & Unanticipated Outcomes. 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 11/18-11/22, Denver, CO.
    • 2015 Kim, Jaymelee J. Living, Dead, and Imagined Bodies: Political Violence and Forensic Inquiry in Canada. Second Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights Symposium: Bridging the Collaborative Gap, 9/25-9/27, Knoxville, TN.
    • 2015 Kim, Jaymelee J. Appropriating Power: The Meaning of Reconciliation in Settler Colonial Canada. Southern Anthropology Society 50th Annual Meeting. 4/9-4/11, Athens, GA.
    • 2015 Kim, Jaymelee J. and Amanda J. Reinke. Anthropologists Beyond Borders: The Globalization of Justice and Human Rights. 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. 3/24-3/28, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • 2015 Kim, Jaymelee J. Reclaiming our Anthropological Roots: Forensic Anthropology Reframed as Holistic Anthropology. 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. 3/24-3/28, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • 2014 Kim, Jaymelee J. Human Rights, Transitional Justice, [Mis]Information, and Anthropological Knowledge in Canada. 113th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. 12/3-12/7, Washington, D.C.
    • 2014 Kim, Jaymelee J. Structural Violence and the Recreation of Identity. Southern Anthropological Society Conference, 3/30-4/1, Cherokee, NC.
    • ​2013 Kim, Jaymelee J. A Holistic Approach to Forensic Anthropology in Human Rights Investigations: A Canadian Context. Inaugural Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights Symposium: Framing the Field, 2/8-2/10, Knoxville, TN.