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Seon Mi KimAssociate Professor of Social Work

Year Joined RCNJ: 2013

Contact Information

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S.W., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.P.P., Korea Development Institute, School of Public Policy and Management
  • M.A., Sogang University

Convening Group: Social Work

Courses Offered:

  • History and Philosophy of Social Welfare
  • Theory and Practice of Social Work III: Macro Practice
  • Social Work in Agencies and Communities
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Social Issues

Teaching Interests:

  • Solidarity economy & social entrepreneurship
  • Non-profit organization management
  • Leadership and strategic planning
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Community economic development and organizing

Research Interests:

  • The solidarity economic approach for underrepresented women’s empowerment (cooperatives, micro-enterprises, social enterprises)
  • Social entrepreneurship and non-profit organization management
  • Economic justice and community economic development


Kim, S.M., (In press). Gender, social networks, and microenterprise:  Differences in network effects on business performance.  Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Kim, S. M., Wu, C. F, & Woodard, R. (under review). The dreams of mothers: Implications of Sen’s Capabilities approach for single mothers on welfare. Families in Society. 

Mandiberg, J., Kim, S.M., (under review) Understanding the Emergence of Worker Cooperatives in New York City: Comparing Older and Newer Examples. Research on the Sociology of Organizations.

Kim, S.M., Lough, B, & Wu, C.F. (2016). The Conditions and Strategies for the Success of Local Currency Movements. Local Economy, 31(3), 344-358.

Kim, S. M. (2014).The Impacts of Gender Differences in Social Capital on Micro-Entrepreneurs’ Business Start-up. AFFILIA (Journal of Women and Social Work), 29(4), 404-417.

Kim, S. M., & Sherraden, M.(2014).The Impact of Gender and Social Networks on Microenterprise Business Performance. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 41(3), 49-69.                                     

Kim, S. M. (2012). Evaluations of Women-centered U.S. Microenterprise Development Programs. AFFILIA (Journal of Women and Social Work), 27(1), 71-83.  

Kim, S. M.(2011). The Impact of Neo-Liberal Globalization on Pre-school Day Care Service in South Korea: Tensions and Dilemmas. International Social Work 54(1),7-20.

Hong, J. S., Kim, S. M., Yoshihama, M., & Byoun, S-J. (2010). Wife battering in South Korea: An ecological systems analysis. Children and Youth Services Review,32(12), 1623-1630.


Kim, S. M., & Sherraden, M.(2014) Capability Approach and Social Justice. In M. Reisch (ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice. New York: Routledge.

Kim, S. M.(2004). Perspective of the Progressive Feminist Movement in KoreaIn Korea Women’s Association United (ed.), History of the Modern Korean Women’s Movement. Hanwool Publisher, Republic of Korea.

Kim, S. M., & Kang, S. Y. (1999).Feminist Environmental Movement.  In One Hope. Dongduk Women’s University Press, Seoul: Republic of Korea.


Ohjang, M. K., Kim, S. M., & Oh, J. J. (2000). Gender Planning and Development: Theory, Practice, and Training (by Caroline Mosher), Munwon Publisher, Seoul: Republic of Korea. (Translation into Korean.)



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