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Rebecca Y. Kim

Professor of Sociology
Frank R. Seaver Chair in Social Science
Social Science Division, Seaver College
AC 219

Biography

Rebecca Y. Kim is the Frank R. Seaver Chair in Social Science. She is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Pepperdine University. Her MA and her PhD are in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the intersections of religion, immigration, and race relations. She teaches courses on social theory, research methods, and race and ethnic relations.

Education

  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • MA, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
  • BA, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2015. The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America (Oxford University Press).
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2006. God's New Whiz Kids? Second-generation Korean American Evangelicals on Campus (New York University Press).
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2017. "Why are Missionaries in America? A Case Study of a Korean Mission Movement in the United States" Missiology: An International Review 45(4): 426-440.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2016. "Evangelizing White Americans: Race, Sacrifice, and a Korean Mission Movement in America." Open Theology 2: 668-680.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2014. "Migration and Conversion: the Korean American Christian Experience," in Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian, eds., Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2014. "American Evangelicals Talking with God in their Minds." Pastoral Psychology 63(2): 207-214.
  • Zhou, Min, Margaret May Chin, and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2013. "The Transformation of Chinese America: New York v. Los Angeles." Pp. 358-384 in David Halle and Andrew A. Beveridge, eds., New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2013. "Korean Missionaries: Preaching the Gospel to 'All Nations,' including the United States." Pp. 179-202 in Afe Adogame and Shobana Shankar, eds., Religion on the Move! New Dynamics of Religious Expansion in a Globalizing World. Lieden: Brill Publishers.
  • Kim, Sharon and Rebecca Y. Kim 2012. "Second-generation Korean American Christians' Communities: Congregational Hybridity." Pp. 176-196 in Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung, eds., Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation. New York: New York University Press.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. and Sharon Kim. 2012. "Revival and Renewal: Korean American Evangelicals beyond Immigrant Enclaves." Studies in World Christianity 18 (3): 291-312.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2011. "Religion and Ethnicity: Theoretical Connections." Religions 2: 312-329. http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/2/3/312/pdf
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2009. "Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea." Pastoral Psychology 60 (4): 593-600.
  • Zhou, Min, Yen-fen Tseng, and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2009. "Suburbanization and New Trends in Community Development: The Case of Chinese Ethnoburbs in the San Gabriel Valley, California." Pp. 77-96 in Min Zhou, ed., Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity and Community Transformation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2008. "Teaching Race at Anti-Berkeley and Beyond." Pp. 71-82 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. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.
  • Zhou, Min, Yen-Fen Tseng, and Rebecca Y. 2008. "Rethinking Residential Assimilation through the Case of the Chinese Ethnoburb in San Gabriel Valley, California." Amerasia Journal 34 (3): 55-83.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2008. "Ethnic Identity Formation: The Case of Second-Generation Chinese and Vietnamese in the United States." Pp. 97-121 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.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2008. "Second-generation Korean American Campus Evangelicals on the College Campus: Constructing Ethnic Boundaries." Pp. 172-192 in David Yoo and Ruth Chung, eds., Spiritual Practices: Mapping Korean American Religions. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.
  • Zhou, Min and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2006. "Paradox of Ethnicisation and Assimilation: The Development of Ethnic Organisations in the Chinese Immigrant Community in the United States." Pp. 231-252 in Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce and Evelyn Hu-Dehart, eds., Voluntary Associations in the Chinese Diaspora. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2004. "Negotiating Ethnic and Religious Boundaries by Asian American Campus Evangelicals." Pp. 141-159 in Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang, eds., Asian American Religion: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries. New York: New York University Press.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2004. "Made in the U.S.A.: Second-Generation Korean American Campus Evangelicals." Pp. 235-250 in Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou, eds., Asian American Youth Culture: Culture, Ethnicity, and Identity. New York: Routledge.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2004. "Second-Generation Korean American Evangelicals: Ethnic, Multiethnic, or White Campus Ministries?" Sociology of Religion 65 (1): 19-34.
  • Zhou, Min and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2003. "A Tale of Two Metropolises: New Immigrant Chinese Communities in New York and Los Angeles." Pp. 124-149 in David Halle, ed. Los Angeles and New York in the New Millennium. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Light, Ivan, Rebecca Y. Kim, and Connie Hum. 2002. "Globalization Effects on Employment in Southern California, 1970-1990." Pp. 151-167 in Malcolm Cross and Robert Moore. Globalization and the New City. New York: Palgrave Press.
  • Zhou, Min, Carl L. Bankston, and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2002. "Rebuilding Spiritual Lives in the New Land: Religious Practices among Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States." Pp. 37-70 in Jung Ha Kim and Pyong Gap Min, eds., Religions in Asian America: Building Faith Communities. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
  • Kim, Rebecca Y. 2002. "Ethnic Differences in Academic Achievement Between Vietnamese and Cambodian Children." Sociological Quarterly 43: 213-235.
  • ---Reprint. 2005. "Ethnic Differences in Academic Achievement Between Vietnamese and Cambodian Children," in Nolan Zane and Bryan Kim, eds., Readings in Asian American Psychology. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
  • ---Reprint in revised essay format. 2010. "Academic Achievement Differences between Cambodian and Vietnamese Children: Cultural and Structural Explanations." Pp. 145-161 in Jonathan H. Lee, ed., The Cambodian American Experience: Histories, Communities, Cultures and Identities. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
  • Light, Ivan, Min Zhou, and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2002. "Transnationalism and American Exports in an English-Speaking World." International Migration Review 36: 702-725.
  • Zhou, Min and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2001. "Formation, Consolidation, and Diversification of the Ethnic Elite: The Case of the Chinese Immigrant Community in the United States." Journal of International Migration and Integration 2: 227-247.
  • Zhou, Min and Rebecca Y. Kim. 2001. "New Chinese Immigrant Organizations in the United States: Beyond Chinatowns and National Boundaries." World Economic Review (in Chinese).
  • Light, Ivan, Rebecca Y. Kim, and Connie Hum. 2000. "Globalization, Vacancy Chains or Migration Networks? Immigrant Employment and Income in Greater Los Angeles, 1970-1990." Pp. 217-238 in Don Kalb, Marco van der Land, Richard Staring, Bart van Steenbergen, and Nico Wilterdink, eds., The Ends of Globalization: Bringing Society Back In. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Light, Ivan, Richard Bernard, and Rebecca Y. Kim. 1999. "Immigrant Incorporation in the Garment Industry of Los Angeles." International Migration Review 33: 5-25.

Topics

  • Sociology of Religion (Diversity and Multiracial Congregations)
  • Immigration and the Second Generation
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Asian American Studies
  • Korean Christianity and Missions

Courses

  • Social Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Introduction to Sociology