She is interested in transnational mobility patterns of students and scholars across Asia as well as organizational changes of universities as they respond to student and scholar mobility. She also examines cross-border circulations of institutional practices and pedagogical methods, particularly between the United States and South Korea. As a qualitative researcher, she utilizes ethnographic writing to make sense of people’s experiences, looking for patterns, describing relationships and meanings, and contextualizing a community in relation to its broader sociocultural setting. As an educationist, she is interested in framing everyday experiences with the organizational behavior of schools and institutional structures and privileges. She also situates her work within area studies scholarship and is invested in finding the theoretical and topical points of intersection of a primarily U.S.-dominated body of education scholarship with comparative studies in Asia as well as more transnationally positioned work.
At Georgetown University, Dr. Kim is Assistant Professor of the Practice in the School of Continuing Studies and serves as Faculty Director of Higher Education Administration, a new master's program that she is building and launching in Fall 2018. In addition to research and teaching, she has held a number of higher education administrative posts, which provide her with insight into how administrative roles and responsibilities connect to larger phenomena that shape the contemporary higher education landscape.
Dr. Kim's scholarship has appeared in journals and volumes across education and area studies and has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Korea Foundation, Institute of International Education Fulbright Program, and Comparative and International Education Society. Her work and professional activities have also been prominently featured in major media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Times Higher Education. She is currently working on a book project on higher education reform and evolving student mobility patterns between South Korea and the United States. Most recently, she was named by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a 2018-2019 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar.
Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.