Helen Kim

Helen KimHelen K Kim, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology
B.A. University of California at Berkeley 1994; M.A. University of Chicago 1997; M.S.W. University of Michigan 2000; Ph.D. University of Michigan 2005.

Areas of interest: race and ethnicity; Asian Americans; American Jews; qualitative methods

Helen Kim is entering her ninth year at Whitman College where she teaches courses on race and ethnic relations, Asian Americans, and gender. She is also affiliated with the Race and Ethnic Studies major as well as General Studies. She is currently a professor of Encounters and has regularly taught Critical and Alternative Voices.

Helen's current research focuses on intermarriage and family dynamics among Jewish Americans and Asian Americans. Her scholarship has been profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Jewish Daily Forward, and the New York Times:


Helen moved to Walla Walla in 2005 after nine years of living in the Midwest with her husband, Noah Leavitt. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Helen now calls Walla Walla home and is ever-amazed by the town's beauty, long growing season and social dynamics. Helen and Noah have two children - Ari (4 years old) and Talia (20 months old).

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