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 American history and religion in global context. She is currently writing a book titled Transpacific Piety and Politics: Cold War South Korea and the Rise of Modern American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, under contract). She uses English and Korean language sources from U.S. and South Korean archives, tracing linkages between the rise of world Christianity, race and the global Cold War, and modern American evangelicalism. She is also co-authoring a book on contemporary American religious "nones" titled Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Kim is a member of the American Society of Church History, the Association for Asian American Studies, and the American Academy of Religion. She is the first Asian American woman and faculty of Korean descent to be appointed at Candler.

    Kim completed her MDiv and PhD at Harvard as a William R. Hutchison Presidential Fellow. Her research began at Stanford in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and with the Asian Pacific American Religion and Research Initiative (APARRI). Prior to graduate studies, Kim worked at Google, Inc.

    Selected Awards

    Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Brewer Award, 2018-2019.

    Emory University Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, SWAP Grant, 2018-2019.

    Early Career Theological School Faculty Fellowship, Wabash Center, 2018-2019.

    Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2016.

    Summer Research Grant, Harvard University Korea Institute, 2016.

    Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Visiting Student, Seoul National University, 2016.

    Dissertation Fellowship, Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), 2015-2016.

    Term-Time Fellowship, Harvard University Charles Warren Center for American History, 2015.

    Summer Research Grant, Harvard University Center for American Political Studies, 2015.

    William R. Hutchison Presidential Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2012-2014.

    Hopkins Shareholders Scholar, Harvard Divinity School, 2011.

    Ministry Fellow, Forum for Theological Education (FTE), 2010-2011.

    Bob Cary Memorial Scholarship, United Methodist Church, Cal-Nevada Conference, 2011.

    Senior Thesis Honorable Mention, Stanford Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, 2006.

    Selected Courses

    Piety and Politics: Evangelicalism in America

    History of Christianity in America

    Japanese American Christianity

    Women and Gender in American Religious History

    Pacific Crossings: Asian and Asian American Religions