Helen Kim

Associate Professor of Sociology

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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.

Helen Kim is entering her eleventh 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, the New York Times and by NPR. Her forthcoming book, JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America's Newest Jews, will be published in 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press.

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. She and Noah have two children, Ari Zakkai Kim-Leavitt (7 years old) and Talia Shalom Kim-Leavitt (4 years old).