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

    On leave for the calendar year 2021.

    Dr. Helen Jin Kim is a historian who studies American history and religion in global context. She is the author of Sacred Allies: Cold War South Korea and the Rise of American Evangelicalism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021). 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-author of Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford University Press, 2019), a study on contemporary American religious “nones." Kim is a member of the American Academy of Religion, American Society of Church History, and the Association for Asian American Studies. She is the first Asian American woman and faculty of Korean descent 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 Publications

    • Faculty Publication


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

    Chapters and Articles

    "Asian American Women's History is American Religious History," in Embodying Knowledge: Asian and Asian American Women's Contributions to Theology and Religious Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

    "Reconstructing Asian America's Religious Past: A Historiography" in Envisioning Religion, Race and Asian Americans, University of Hawaii Press, 2020

    "Asian American Women’s History is American Religious History," in Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion, Palgrave, 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 History. Oxford University Press, 2015

    "Panethnic Religious Institutions" (co-authored), "Christian Fellowships," "Politics and Religion," in Asian American Religious Cultures, ABC-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 Difference. Oxford University Press, 2013

    Selected Awards

    "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

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

    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: Religion, Race and Encounter