Jinhee Kim

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Associate Professor, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 

My  intertwined research areas include immigrant children and families, children in poverty (especially, children experiencing homelessness), and marginalized children’s voices in the school curriculum. Through my scholarship, I would like to contribute to making those children's voices heard and empowering them so that school systems understand and support them. 

Research Areas

  • Immigrant children & families (centered on AsIan American children and families)
  • Highly mobile children ( children in poverty, especially children experiening homelessness) 
  • Home in the curriculum
  • Teacher education
  • Qualitative research (e.g., culturally sustaining research approach)

Recent Publications: (click here for other publications)

Meacham, S., Wee, S., Kim, J, Han, S.  & Heish, W. (forthcoming, 2024). Early childhood and the Asian American experiences: Exploring intersectionality and addressing misrepresentations. Routledge.

Kim, J. (2024, online first). Teaching “home” in the curriculum. Teachers and Teaching. https://doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2024.2365176 

Kim, J. (2024, online first). (Re)Configuring “home” for highly mobile children in early childhood education curriculum in the U.S. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2024.2347607  

Kim, J. (2024). Against teaching home as housing in school: Examining how teachers teach home.  Action in Teacher Education. 48(3), 261-274 https://doi.org/10.1080/01626620.2024.2335891 

Kim, J., Han, S., Wee, S., & Meacham, S. (2024). Children’s names and naming practices: Wrestling with racism in Asian American families. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education. 18(3), 182-194 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2023.2193884

Han, S., Kim, J., Meacham, S., & Wee, S. (2023). Supporting Korean American children in early childhood education: Perspectives from mother-educators. Teachers College Press. 

Kim, J. (2023). “Where are Asian Americans?”: Exploring racialized discourse toward Asian Americans through critical ethnographic child-parent research. Ethnography and Education. 18(3), 264-279. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457823.2023.2230333. 

Wee, S., Meacham, S., Kim, J. (2023, online first). Being (Asian) American children: Children’s exploration of racial/cultural identity and racism. Race, Ethnicity and Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2023.2170434 

Kim, J. (2023). Maintaining a heritage language in the early years: The perspectives of Korean immigrant mothers with young emergent bilinguals. In Cho, H & Song, K. (Eds.).  Korean as a heritage language from transnational and translingual perspectives (pp. 15-30), Routledge. 


Selected Awards/Honors/Grants

2024  Brady Education Foundation research grant (PI, 2024-2026)

2024  2024-2025 Vertically Integrated Project grant (PI), KSU Office of Research, KSU, GA

2024   2024-2025 BCOE Research Team grant (PI), Bagwell College of Education, KSU, GA

2024    BCOE Outstanding Senior Scholar Research Award, Bagwell College of  Education, KSU, GA

2024    2024-2026 Ewha Global Fellow, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

2022     BCOE Research Grant Award 2022-2023, Bagwell College of  Education, KSU

2021      KSU Summer Research Fellow, KSU Office of Research, KSU, GA

2020      BCOE Research Scholarship Award 2020-2021, Bagwell College of  Education, KSU

2019      BCOE Research Fellowship Award 2019-2020, Bagwell College of  Education, KSU 

2010       Presidential Scholarship Award, Duquesne University, PA. 


Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses

ECE 3313         Preschool Curriculum & Assessment 

ECE 3305        Classroom Assessment for Elementary Teachers 


Graduate courses

ECE 7511         Trends and Issues in Educational Inquiry in Elementary and Early Childhood Education 

ECE 7513         Educational Equity in Early Childhood and Elementary Settings 

ECE 7531         Reflective Inquiry for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators 

ECE 7543        Professional Application of Inquiry for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators