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Rebecca Y. Kim
Associate Professor of Sociology
Frank R. Seaver Professor in Social Science

Division: Social Science Division
Office: Appleby Center (APC) 219
Phone: (310) 506-7481
Fax: (310) 506-7271

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Theory
  • Social Stratification
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • American Sociological Association
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • Yale-Edinburgh Group
  • Director of the Ethnic Studies Program, Seaver College, Pepperdine University, 2008- present
  • Editorial Board of Religions 2010-present, 2002
  • Frank R. Seaver Professorship 2011-2016
  • Research Grant, John Templeton Foundation, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture to study Pentecostals with Richard Flory, 2010-12, 2001
  • Seaver Research Council Grant 2009-2010, 2001
  • Religious Institutions Grant Award, The Louisville Institute, 2009-2010
  • Research grant, the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton College. 2009-2010
  • Selected fellow of the Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations: A Program of Mentoring, Networking, and Research, Supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 2008-2009
  • Research director of the Asian American Healthy Marriage Initiative Project with Korean Churches for Community Development, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, 2007
  • Dean's Research Grant, 2006-2009
  • Included in the ninth edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005
  • Fichter Research Award, Association for the Sociology of Religion, 2005-2006
  • "Changing Face of American Evangelicals," Research Grant, Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton College. 2005-2006.
  • Seaver Fellow, Social Science Division, Pepperdine University, 2004-2006
  • Seaver Research Council, Research Grant, Pepperdine University, 2004-2006, 2008-2009
  • Dissertation Fellowship Award, University of California Los Angeles, 2002-2003
  • The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Research Award, Division of Social Sciences, Alfred University, 2001-2002
  • Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship Award, The Louisville Institute, Kentucky. 2001
  • LeRoy Neiman Center Graduate Fellowship Award, LeRoy Neiman Center for the Study of American Society and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles. 2000
  • Graduate Fellowship, Institute of American Cultures and the Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. 2000
  • Graduate Fellowship Award, Project 88, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996-99
Academic Interests:
  • Immigrant Adaptation (immigrant/emigrant/transnational communities; ethnic organizations; ethnic religious organizations)
  • Immigration (international migration; Korean Diaspora; Southeast Asian refugee flows)
  • Missions
  • Race and Ethnic Relations (interethnic relations; inter and intra group differences with an emphasis on Asian Americans)
  • Sociology of Religion (immigrant churches; immigrants and their children's religiosity; ethnic and multiethnic churches; campus evangelicalism; missionaries)
  • The New Second Generation (the education of immigrant and refugee children; intergenerational relations; Asian Americans' religious participation; Korean American Christians)
Selected Works:
  • 2013. "Korean Missionaries: Preaching the Gospel to "All Nations," including the United States," in Religion on the Move! New Dynamics of Religious Expansion in a Globalizing World, edited by Afe Adogame and Shobana Snankar. Lieden: Brill Publishers.
  • 2012. "Revival and Renewal: Korean American Evangelicals beyond Immigrant Enclaves." Studies in World Christianity 18.3:291-232 (with Sharon Kim).
  • 2012. "Second-generation Korean American Christians' Communities of Faith" in Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation, edited by Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung. New York: New York University Press (with Sharon Kim)
  • 2012. "The Transformation of Chinese America: New York v. Los Angeles." New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future, edited by David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge. New York: Oxford University Press (with Min Zhou and Margaret May Chin)
  • 2011. "Religion and Ethnicity: Theoretical Connections" in Religions 2: 312-329.
  • 2010. "Academic Achievement Differences between Cambodian and Vietnamese Children: Cultural and Structural Explanations" in Jonathan H. Lee's The Cambodian American Experience: Histories, Communities, Cultures and Identities. IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing. (revised article in essay form).
  • 2009. "Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea" in Pastoral Psychology. April 02.
  • 2009. "Suburbanization and New Trends in Community Development: The Case of Chinese Ethnoburbs in the San Gabriel Valley, California." Chapter 4 in Min Zhou, Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity and Community Transformation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (with Min Zhou and Yen-fen Tseng)
  • 2008. "Rethinking Residential Assimilation through the Case of the Chinese Ethnoburb in San Gabriel Valley, California" in Amerasia Journal, 34(3): 55-83 (with Min Zhou and Yen-Fen Tseng).
  • 2008. "Teaching Race at Anti-Berkeley and Beyond," in Lisa Guerrero, ed., The Problem of the Colorblind: College Teachers Talk about the Fears, Risk, and Rewards of Teaching Race in 21st Century America. Palgrave Macmillan Press
  • 2008. "Ethnic Group Formation of Second-Generation Vietnamese Americans and Chinese Americans in the United States," in Nicholas Tarling and Terence Gomez, eds., Ethnicity, Equity and the Nation: The State, Development and Identity in Multi-Ethnic Societies. New York: Routledge Press.
  • 2008. "Second-generation Korean American Campus Evangelicals' Ethnic Religious Participation," in David Yoo and Ruth Chung, eds., Spiritual Practices: Mapping Korean American Religions. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.
  • 2007. " Asian Americans for Jesus: Changing the Face of Campus Evangelicalism," in the Social Science Research Council's Online Forums and Essays.
  • 2006. "Paradox of Ethnicisation and Assimilation: The Development of Ethnic Organisations in the Chinese Immigrant Community in the United States," in Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce and Evelyn Hu-Dehart eds., Voluntary Associations in the Chinese Diaspora. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press (with Min Zhou).
  • 2006. God's New Whiz Kids? Second-generation Korean American Evangelicals on Campus. New York: New York University Press.
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