Joyce J. Kim

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2022 Cohort

McNeil 327

Hi! I'm a joint Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. I draw from cultural and organizational sociology to study how social categories, like race and ethnicity and social class, shape the college-to-labor market transition in ways that can perpetuate inequality. 

Prior to starting my doctoral studies, I worked as a researcher at Harvard Business School, conducted program evaluation for Year Up, a national workforce development nonprofit for young adults, and studied North Korean refugees' civic participation as a Fulbright fellow in South Korea.

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about applying to graduate school or my research, especially if you identify as first-generation/lower-income or from a historically underrepresented group.


M.Phil., Education, University of Cambridge, distinction, 2018

B.A., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, 2015

Research Interests

Higher Education; Work; Inequality; Organizations; Race and Ethnicity, Class; Culture; Morality; Qualitative Methods

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods, Spring 2024

Introduction to Sociology, Spring 2023

Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2022

Selected Publications

Kim, Joyce J. 2019. “Conceptualising Global Competence: Situating Cosmopolitan Student Identities within Internationalising South Korean Universities.” Globalisation, Societies, and Education, 17(5):622-637. doi: 10.1080/14767724.2019.1653755


Provost's Graduate Academic Engagement Fellow, Netter Center for Community Partnerships (2022-2024)

Turner Schulman Graduate Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (2021-2022)

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