Erica Allen-Kim

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - Daniels


Fields of Study


Erica Allen-Kim is an historian of modern architecture and urban design. Her work on global cities and cultural landscapes focuses on issues of memory and citizenship. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. She is completing her first manuscript, Mini-malls and Memorials: Building Little Saigon in American Suburbs, and has published on Vietnamese-American war memorials and the transnational politics of Chinatown gates. Her current book project, Chinatown Modernism, situates the architectural and urban projects of American Chinatowns within the broader context of modern architecture and planning.

Research Areas

Migration, urbanism, transnational studies, vernacular architecture, urban design history, architectural modernism, global cities

Cities of Focus

Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hong Kong, London, Montreal