Kim Selected as a Young Scholar in American Religion

July 29, 2022

Assistant Professor of American Religious History Helen Jin Kim has been selected as a Young Scholar in American Religion by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Kim is one of ten members of the 2022 cohort of Young Scholars.

With support from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Center’s Young Scholars in American Religion program provides early career scholars with assistance in the improvement of their teaching and research and in the development of supportive professional communities. The program also includes education devoted to professional issues, including constructing a tenure portfolio, publication, and grant writing.

Part of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture was established in 1989 by the Indiana University Board of Trustees to explore the connection between religion and other aspects of American culture.

Past participants of the Center’s Young Scholars program include such well-known public intellectuals as Diana Butler Bass, Paul Harvey, Stephen Prothero, Kate Bowler, Lauren Winner, and Candler’s own Associate Professor of American Religious History Alison Greene, among others.

Kim’s selection as a Young Scholar follows an especially active spring, where she spoke by invitation at Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and in The Candler Foundry’s online short course on Christianity in Asian American History. Her latest book, Race for Revival (Oxford University Press, 2022), was recently named a “Book Worth Reading” by the books editor of The Christian Century and also appeared in a crowd-sourced roundup of summer reading recommendations by Harvard Divinity School. This summer, she was interviewed about the book by New Books Network and Patheos. The Faith & Justice Network has also assigned her work as a core text for their summer course Christianity and Race in America.

In the new academic year, Kim will take part in speaking engagements about Race for Revival at Duke Divinity School, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and with Candler’s World Christianity program and Emory’s emeriti faculty.

On September 28 at 11:00 a.m. EST, Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion and The Candler Foundry will host a virtual book panel on Race for Revival with respondents Cori Tucker-PriceKristin Du MezPeter Choi, and Thomas Seat. Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology Kwok Pui Lan will moderate the panel. Register here.