Esther Chihye Kim

Esther Chihye Kim

Assistant Professor of Clinical Education

Yale University, Department of Sociology, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, School of Education, MS.Ed University of California Los Angeles, Sociology and Education, BA


Higher Education


Research methodology; Higher Education; Migration; Inequalities

Esther Chihye Kim

Esther C. Kim (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at Rossier School of Education. Her areas of specialization include research methodology, higher education, and inequalities. Her current research predominantly focuses on using ethnographic methods to understand how marginalized students navigate through college. Her upcoming work will highlight the voices of first-year students at a public university and some of their everyday challenges of being a college student. Her work also includes leading discussions on inclusion and representation. 



Research methodology (Inquiry II & III; RM 1 & 2)

Diversity, Leadership, & Organizational Change

Selected Publications

  • Kim, E.C. (2021). Poetic Reflections: Notes from “I am from…” Perspectives on Urban Education, 18(2).

  • Kendall, N., Goerisch, D., Kim, E.C., Vernon, F., & Wolfgram, M. (2020). The true costs of college. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Kim, E.C.  (2018 April). Live from my Living Room Desk, it’s Online Teaching! The Chronicle of Higher Education.


  • Kim, E.C. (2015). International Professors in China: Prestige Maintenance and Making Sense of Teaching Abroad. Current Sociology 63(4): 604-620.


  • Goldrick-Rab, S., Kendall, N., Goerisch, D., Kim, E.C., Vernon, F., and Wolfgram, M. (2015 September 30). “The True Costs of College Attendance,” A report to the Lumina Foundation.



  • Kim, E.C. (2012). Nonsocial Transient Behavior: Social Disengagement on the Greyhound Bus. Symbolic Interaction 35(3): 267-283.


  • Kim, E.C. (2012). “Call me Mama”: An Ethnographic Portrait of an Employer of Undocumented Workers. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 642: 170-185.


  • Kim, E.C. (2012 August 14). Enjoy the Silence: Commuters are Nonsocial for Good Reason. TheConversation.Edu.Au


  • Kim, E.C. (2010). Foods and Foodways in Korean American Families and Communities. Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau (ed.s). ABC-CLIO.

  • Kim, E.C. (2009). Mama’s Family: Fictive Kinship and Undocumented Immigrant Restaurant Workers. Ethnography 10(4): 497-513.


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