Kim is a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where her research focuses on the local reception of immigrant populations. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Luther College and a MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.
Her research interests emerged through seven years working in the nonprofit and educational sectors, supporting opportunities for immigrant youth in rural Minnesota as well as Chicago, Illinois. Through this professional experience she discovered a passion for working alongside community leaders in order to understand and address structural disadvantages that immigrants and refugees face in the United States. Kim's current research looks at the way local immigration offices navigate multi-level governance structures in support of immigrant communities in the US.
Kim currently lives in Minneapolis, where she is involved with projects supporting the work of the Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, the University of Minnesota Law School's James H. Binger Center for New Americans, and the Human Rights Defender Project that is a collaboration with The Advocates for Human Rights, the Binger Center for New Americans and the UMN Sociology Department. In her free time, Kim enjoys running and exploring the many parks and trails in Minnesota.
MSc in Migration Studies (University of Oxford, 2018)
BA in Anthropology (Luther College, 2011)