Helen Jin Kim

Helen Jin Kim

Associate Professor of American Religious History; Interim Director of the Master of Theological Studies Program


PhD, Harvard University, 2017
MDiv, Harvard University, 2012
BA, Stanford University, 2006


(404) 727-4073


Dr. Helen Jin Kim studies U.S. religion and history in global context, focusing on U.S. religious connections to Asia-Pacific, and transnational histories of Asian American religions. She is author of Race for Revival: How Cold War South Korea Shaped the American Evangelical Empire (Oxford University Press, 2022), and co-author of Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford University Press, 2019). In 2020, Kim was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education, and the On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award. Most recently, Kim was awarded the Young Scholar in American Religion Award, 2022-24. Her commentary has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post and NBC News.

Kim completed her MDiv and PhD at Harvard as a William R. Hutchison Presidential Fellow. She began her research 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.


Race for Revival: How Cold War South Korea Shaped the American Evangelical EmpireOxford University Press, 2022

Co-author,Family Sacrifices The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans, Oxford University Press, 2019


“Jesus and John Wayne and the Shifting Grounds of Evangelical Historiography,” in Harvard Theological ReviewCambridge University Press, 2022

“Generational Transitions and New Conceptions,” in World Christianity: History, Methodologies, HorizonsOrbis Books, 2021

“Reconstructing Asian America’s Religious Past: A Historiography” in Envisioning Religion, Race and Asian AmericansUniversity of Hawaii Press, 2020

“Asian American Women’s History is American Religious History,” in Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and ReligionPalgrave, 2020

“Campus Crusade ‘Explosions’: Conversions and Conservatism from the US Bible Belt to Cold War South Korea, 1972-1974,” in Journal of Korean Religions, vol. 9, no. 1. University of Hawai’i Press, April 01, 2018

“Campus Crusade for Christ,” “Epic Ministries,” “Asian American Christianity,” in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the U.S., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016

Co-author, “Asian American Religious History,” in The Oxford Handbook of Asian American HistoryOxford University Press, 2015

“Panethnic Religious Institutions” (co-authored), “Christian Fellowships,” “Politics and Religion,” in Asian American Religious CulturesABC-CLIO, 2015

Co-author, “Nonreligious Second-Generation Chinese Americans: How Gender Shapes Their Worldviews,” in Chinese America: History & Perspectives, Chinese Historical Society of America, 2014

Co-author, “Asian Americans, Bible Believers: An Ethnological Study,” in Misreading America: Scriptures and DifferenceOxford University Press, 2013

Young Scholar in American Religion Award, 2022

On Eagle’s Wings Award for Excellence in Teaching, Candler School of Theology, 2020

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education, Emory University, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend to support work on her forthcoming book, Sacred Allies: Cold War South Korea and the Rise of American Evangelicalism, 2020

Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Scholars of Color for her forthcoming book, Sacred Allies: Cold War South Korea and the Rise of American Evangelicalism, 2020

Brewer Award, Emory University, Candler School of Theology, 2018-2020

SWAP Grant, Emory University Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, 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

Piety and Politics: Evangelicalism in America

History of Christianity in America

Japanese American Christianity

Women and Gender in American Religious History

Pacific Crossings: Religion, Race and Encounter

In the media

October 18, 2023

As Asian American Christians Decline, Most ‘Nones’ Still Feel Close to Religion

September 1, 2023

When American Evangelicals Needed a Reputational Boost, They Turned to South Korean Evangelicals

May 5, 2023

Asian Americans are changing the face of evangelicalism

April 12, 2023

How Netflix's 'Beef' nailed the Korean American evangelical experience

February 23, 2023

What’s So Special about the Asbury Revivals?

September 8, 2021

Children of immigrants make giving back a priority

September 7, 2021

Korean Christians and Evangelicalism

December 31, 2020

Often overlooked, Asian American Christian voters could be key in Georgia Senate runoffs

February 28, 2020

Weinstein accuser shares cultural, religious factors that prevented her from dealing with alleged abuse

May 31, 2019

A Budding Movement Is Helping Progressive Asian American Christians Feel Less Lonely

February 7, 2019

Rethinking Religious Nones: The Case of Chinese Americans

April 28, 2018

North Korea's Secret Christians

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