Faculty Name

Nami Kim, Ph.D.


Chair, Professor


Philosophy & Religious Studies



Office Location

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 436


Th.D., Harvard University Divinity School
M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
M.A., B.A., Ewha Women's University



Courses Taught

REL 112 Women and Religion
REL 285 Religion, Women, and Violence in Global Perspective
REL 270 Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions
REL 278 Women in Eastern Religious Traditions 
REL 318 Religion and Sexuality: A Survey
REL 370 Women and Religious Fundamentalism 
REL 380 Theory and Methods in Religious Studies REL 480 Senior Project

Research Interests

Kim’s research interests meet at the intersections of feminist theology, feminist theory, Asian and Asian Pacific North American religious/theological studies, transnational studies, and world Christianity. Some of the topics Kim is currently exploring include the politics of sex/gender, sexuality, and the Other in the discourse of the Protestant Right in South Korea, and implications and significance of engaging “Afro/black-orientalism” in interdisciplinary religious/theological studies on postcoloniality, (neo)imperialism, Americanness, and gendered racial formation.  



Feminist Praxis Against U.S. Militarism, co-edited with Wonhee Anne Joh. Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.

The Gendered Politics of the Korean Protestant Right: Hegemonic Masculinity. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Critical Theology against U.S. Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization, co-edited with Wonhee Anne Joh. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Co-edited Journal

Special issue of the "Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion" 25, no. 1 (Spring 2009)

Articles and Book Chapters

“When the Minjung Events Erupt: Protests from Korea to Hong Kong.” In "The Hong Kong Protests and Political Theology." Ed. Kwok Pui Lan and Francis Ching-Wah Yip. Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

“Self-Reflexivity, Knowledge Production, and Cross-Racial Solidarity.” In Embodying Knowledge: Asian and Asian American Women’s Contributions to Theology and Religion, edited by Kwok Pui Lan. Palgrave Macmillan, (Forthcoming).

“Enemies of the Nation, Heretics of the Church”: Conscientious Rejection of State Authority." In Resistance to Empire and Militarisation, edited by Jude Lal Fernando, ed. Equinox Sheffield, (Forthcoming).


Antiracist Work in Asian American Christian Churches.Project Grant for Researchers (a team member), Louisville Institute, 2021-2022.

"Sexual Violence in Asian American Ethnoreligious Communities” (co-leader), The Religion and Sexual Abuse Project and the Henry Luce Foundation, University of California-Riverside, 2020-2024.