Professor Kim is specialized in the areas of stratification, work and organizations, race and ethnicity, Asian American studies, Korea studies, and quantitative methodology. The common concern of his research is to contribute to the generation of the critical knowledge and information that will ultimately help policy makers to understand and eventually ameliorate the undesirable sources of increasing socioeconomic polarization in our society. Methodologically, he is interested in panel models and diverse statistical decompositions. His work appears, among others, in American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, Sociology of Education, Sociological Methods & Research, Demography, and Korean Journal of Sociology.

To contact, email him at or call 785-864-9426.



Recent Grants and Awards

  • 2019. The Byron A. Alexander Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, University of Kansas.
  • 2019. Poster Presentation Winner, Population Association of America.
  • 2018-2019. General Faculty Research Fund, University of Kansas. "Changing Educational Marital Pattern and Family Economic Well-being." ($10,304)
  • 2018-2019. National Science Foundation (# 1801820). Byeongdon Oh's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: "Why Has the Meritocratic Power of Advanced Degrees Declined?: The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Upward Mobility." ($12,000)
  • 2018-2020. The National Research Foundation of Korea. Co-PI (PI: Young-mi Kim, Co-PI: ChangHwan Kim, Bong-oh Kye, Yoon Choi, Sungjae Hwang, and Hae Yeon Choo) "Inequality and Demographic Changes." ($256,000 = 281.6 million Korean won)
  • 2016. Research Paper Award. American Sociological Association's Asia and Asian America Section.
  • 2016-2018. Korean Studies Promotion Service. Co-PI (PI, Sungkyun Lee, Co-PI: ChangHwan Kim, Hyunjoon Park, Soo-yong Byun, and KwangYeong Shin) "Education and Social Mobility in Korea." ($136,000 = 150 million Korean won)
  • 2015-2016. General Faculty Research Fund, University of Kansas. "Labor Market Inequality in South Korea." ($15,346)
  • 2015. Korea Foundation. Conference Grant for the 4th Annual Conference of Association of Korean Sociologists in America ($5,000).
  • 2014-2015. Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Christopher R. Tamborini at SSA, Co-PI: Arthur Sakamoto at Texas A&M). The Spencer Foundation (#201400077: $50,000). "Higher Education, Long-term Earnings, and Opportunity Cost."
  • 2013-2015. Principal Investigator (Co-I: Arthur Sakamoto at Texas A&M, Significant Contributor: Christopher R. Tamborini at SSA). The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the NIH (1R03HD073464-01A1: $163,602). "Demographic and Educational Effects on Long-Term Earnings."

  • Before 2013: Click here for the grants and awards before 2013.

Recent Publications