From Allen, Texas, Kim is one of 24 from the United States who will receive the scholarship this year. An estimated additional 60 recipients worldwide will be announced in April. The scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge for as long as four years for a Ph.D. and additional discretionary funding. Kim is Penn’s 32nd Gates Scholar since the program’s beginning in 2001.
Kim graduated from Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minors in urban studies and Korean studies. At Penn she was the first Asian-American woman president of the Undergraduate Assembly. She received the Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship, the Association of Alumnae Rosemary Mazzatenta Scholars Award, and a Penn senior women’s honor, the Gaylord P. Harnwell Flag Award.
As a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea in 2015-16, Kim researched the civic engagement of North Korean defector youth.
She completed a master’s degree in education, globalisation, and international development with distinction at the University of Cambridge in 2018 as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar. There she was awarded the British Educational Research Association’s Master’s Dissertation Award.
Kim currently works as a research associate at the Harvard Business School.