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Title: Associate Professor
Office: 207 E Main Building
Phone: 610-892-1452
E-mail: sxk71@psu.edu

Seongeun Kim received her B.A. and M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Seoul National University in South Korea and her Ph.D. in Family Studies from the University of Delaware. Dr. Kim chose to pursue Family Studies because it would provide her with the tools to help socioeconomically under-privileged women and families, a group for which she has a great passion.

Dr. Kim’s current research interests are the influence of evangelical Christianity on gender relations in Korean immigrant marriages and the effect of the Korean evangelical movement on Korean men’s fathering. She has placed the focus of her research on religion and gender relations in Asian immigrant families because studying religion, especially Christianity, is key to understanding and helping Asian immigrant families.

Dr. Kim’s scholarly work is centered on gender and intergenerational relations in Asian immigrant families. She has published work on motherhood among working-class, Korean immigrant women; gender relations in Asian immigrant marriages; and the influence of evangelical Christianity on Korean immigrant parenting in peer-reviewed journals, as well as contributing a book chapter to Cultural diversity and families. Also, she has been actively involved in the Asian-American Families Focus Group and Ethnic Minority Section of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the largest organization for family scholars and practitioners in the U.S. In addition, she has organized and participated in symposia on the Asian immigrant female faculty’s experiences in U.S. academics.

Since 2002, Dr. Kim has worked with students on various research projects, including topics such as religion and parenting in Korean immigrant families, family policies in Pennsylvania, and population characteristics of Asian-Americans in Philadelphia region. Some of these projects have been presented at NCFR national conferences and regional Undergraduate Research Council conferences. Also, three other class research projects have been presented at the Exposition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment (EURECA) at Penn State, Brandywine. 

Dr. Kim enjoys teaching courses on Family Development, Adult Development and Aging, and Adulthood. When she is not teaching or working on research projects, she spends time with friends and is involved with various activities in her Korean church and Korean communities. She loves attending dance performances, musicals, and theatres, and trying ethnic restaurants in the tri-state area. She also loves traveling and exploring new places, and her last trip was to Mexico. In addition, she is delighted to serve as a board member for the Antioch Scholarship Foundation, which aims to enhance civic engagement of high school, college, and graduate students.

Recent Publications

Kim,S., Fang, S., Quek, K., Xia, Y., & Xie, X. (in progress). Journey of transformation: Experiences of Asian immigrant women faculty in the U.S.

Kim,S. (revising). Sanctifying parenting and parent-child relationships among Korean immigrant mothers of adolescent children in the United States.

Kim, S. (under review). Korean American women navigating marriage through evangelical Christianity. Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Kim, S., & Woolfolk, T. (2007). Women, work, and families- location experiences in social contexts. In Sharif-Trask, B., & Hamon, R. (Eds.), Cultural diversity and families: expanding perspectives (p. 100-117). Thousands Oak, CA: Sage

Kim, S., Conway-Turner, K., Sherif-Trask, B., & Wolfolk, T. (2006). Reconstructing mothering among Korean immigrant working class women in the United States. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 37 (1), 43-65  

Kim, S. (2003). The influence of Christianity on Korean parenting. Michigan Family Review, 11(8), 29-44.

Conway-Turner, K., Kim, S., Sherif, B., & Wolfolk, T. (2001). Diversity in families: exploration in effective pedagogy. The Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family 1(1), 15-26

Kim, S. (1998). Korean Women’s Hot Line, 1996-97. A report prepared for a private foundation  in Germany for Korean Women’s Hot Line (translation from Korean into English)

Kim, S., Yu, H., & Kim, J. (1994). Current trends of the feminist movement in Korea. Women and Society 5, 328-342 (in Korean)