Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Professor 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.
Helen Kim started teaching at Whitman College in 2005. She is currently Professor of Sociology and teaches courses on race and ethnic relations, gender, and Asian Americans. She has been a Professor of Encounters and currently serves as director of encounters.
Professor Kim is also serving as Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Helen's current research focuses on race and American Judaism in the contemporary area. Her scholarship has been profiled in multiple popular outfits such as the New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Jewish Daily Forward. Her 2016 co-authored book, JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America's Newest Jews, was published 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 (9 years old) and Talia Shalom Kim-Leavitt (6 years old).