Academics: Faculty

Nami Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religion

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, Room 436
350 Spelman Lane
Campus Box 37
Atlanta, GA 30314

Phone: 404-270-5525
Fax: 404-270-5523



Th.D. Harvard University
M.Div. Emory University
M.A. Ewha Women’s University
B.A. Ewha Women’s University


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 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.    
Recent Awards:

Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence (Junior Faculty), Spelman College, 2011
Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, Summer 2011
Spelman College Faculty Development Grant, Fall 2010
Recent Publications:

"When Imperial Love Hurts Our Neighbors: Islamophobia and Korean Protestant Christian Churches in the United States." VOICES: Theological Journal of EATWOT 35, no. 1 (January-March 2013)

"Which Postcolonialism? The Relevance of Resistance Postcolonialism to Postcolonial Asia." Asian Christian Review 6, no. 1 (Fall 2012).

Co-editing with W. Anne Joh, Critical Theology against U.S. Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization (Palgrave, 2015). Forthcoming

“Collaborative Dissonance: Gender and Theology in Asian Pacific America.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 3, no. 2 (January 2012): 1-26.
“Transformative ‘Moves’ to Join: A Transnational Feminist Pedagogical Practice.” In Keeping the Light: Women of Faith: Scholarship, Activism, and the Next Generation, ed. Melanie L. Harris and Kate M. Ott (Palgrave McMillan, 2011).
“Celebrating Feminist Birthdays: Bringing Filiative and Affiliative Together.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 27, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 123-127.
“‘Lord, I Am a Father!’ The Transnational Evangelical Men’s Movement and the Advent of ‘Benevolent’ Patriarchy.” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 17, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 100-131.

“S(e)oul Search: The Changing Religious Landscape in Seoul and Its Implications for Defining ‘Asia’,” ASIANetwork EXCHANGE: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, Vol. 18, no.1 (Fall 2010): 40-52
“Engaging Afro/black-Orientalism: A Proposal.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 1, no. 7 (June 2010): 1-22.
“A Mission to the ‘Graveyard of Empires’? Neocolonialism and Contemporary Evangelical Missions of the Global South.” Mission Studies 27, no. 1 (2010): 3-23.
Special issue of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. With “Editors’ Introduction: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Feminist The*logies/Studies in Religion.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 25, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 1-18. Co-edited with Deborah Whitehead.
Professional Leadership:

  • Faculty Mentor, Asian Theological Summer Institute, May 27 ¨May 31, 2014
  • Co-chair, Women and Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion, 2011-Present
  • Leadership Team for 2014-15 Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities, Wabash Center
  • Proposal Review Chair, “Outsider” Feminisms, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, 2010
  • Board of Advisors, Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, 2009-Present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 2009-Present
  • Advisory Board, Feminism in Religion Forum (FiR), 2005-Present
  • Co-chair, Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group of the American Academy of Religion, 2008-2010