Helen Jin Kim

Assistant Professor of American Religious History
Helen Jin Kim
Phone: 404.727.4073
    • PhD, Harvard University, 2017
    • MDiv, Harvard University, 2012
    • BA, Stanford University, 2006

    Dr. Helen Jin Kim is a historian who studies America’s religious past in global context. She is currently writing a transpacific history of the unexpected re-emergence of American evangelicalism, from the outbreak of the Korean War to the rise of Reagan (1950-1980). In her research, she investigates categories of race and empire, and uses English and Korean sources collected from U.S. and South Korean archives. Kim has published on Asian American religions, evangelicalism in America, and is co-authoring a monograph on American religious “nones” (Oxford University Press).

    Kim completed her MDiv and PhD at Harvard where she was a William R. Hutchison Presidential Fellow. At Harvard, her research was funded by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Center for American Political Studies, the Korea Institute and the Forum for Theological Exploration. Kim's research began at Stanford in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and grew through her involvement with the Asian Pacific American Religion and Research Institute (APARRI). Prior to graduate studies, Kim worked at Google, Inc.

    Selected Publications

      "Campus Crusade for Christ," "Epic Ministries," "Asian American Christianity" in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the U.S.Rowman & Littlefield Publishers2016

      Co-author, "Asian American Religious History" in The Oxford Handbook of Asian American HistoryOxford University Press2016

      Co-author, "Panethnic Religious Institutions," "Christian Fellowships," "Politics and Religion" in Asian American Religious CulturesABC-CLIO2015

      Co-author, "Nonreligious Second-Generation Chinese Americans: How Gender Shapes Their Worldviews" in Chinese America: History & PerspectivesChinese Historical Society of America2014

      Co-author, "Asian Americans, Bible Believers: An Ethnological Study" in Misreading America: Scriptures and DifferenceOxford University Press2013