SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Heewon Kim

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Heewon Kim
Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Heewon Kim
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Thesis title:
United Progressive Alliance (2004-14), equality of opportunity and Muslims: a paradigm shift or political pragmatism?


Dr. Heewon Kim is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Religions & Philosophies. She completed her BA and MA at Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul, Republic of Korea), and was awarded a PhD in the Department of the Study of Religions in February 2015. 



Dr. Heewon Kim is a political scientist specialising in the politics of post-1947 India. Her research focuses on religion and politics in modern India, with particular reference to the post-1947 management of religious diversity, India’s Muslim community, and the post-9/11 state responses to demands from religious minorities for equal opportunities. She has examined these interrelated and overlapping themes in her doctoral research on the United Progressive Alliance government (2004-14) policy-making for religious minorities. This research develops a new framework for better understanding government policies for religious minorities through institutional policy analysis which draws on historical institutionalism (with its associated concept of path dependence) and the policy process. Institutional policy analysis, it suggests, provides more meaningful insights into understanding recurring cycles of policy failure in this crucial sector of public policy.

Kim’s research interests also include religions and development, communal violence, the role of faith-based organisations in religious conflict, post-conflict reconstruction, and religious nationalism. More broadly, she is interested in the comparative study of religious and ethnic minorities, multiculturalism and equal opportunities policies in Europe, South Asia, South Korea.


Authored Books

Kim, Heewon (2019) The Struggle for Equality: India's Muslims and Rethinking the UPA Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Singh, Gurharpal and Kim, Heewon (2018) 'The limits of India’s ethno-linguistic federation: understanding the demise of Sikh nationalism'. Regional and Federal Studies, (28) 4, pp 427-445.

Kim, Heewon (2017) 'Understanding Modi and Minorities: the BJP-led NDA Government in India and Religious Minorities'. India Review, (16) 4, pp 357-376.

Book Chapters

Kim, Heewon and Singh, Gurharpal (2016) 'The Challenges of Managing Religious Diversity in India: Between Hegemonic Domination and the Quest for Equality'. In: Dawson, Andrew, (ed.), The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity: National Contexts, Global Issues. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 49-66.

Kim, Heewon (2015) 'United Progressive Alliance (I) and India’s Muslims: Redefining Equality of Opportunity?'. In: Rehman, Mujibur, (ed.), Communalism in Postcolonial India: Changing Contours. New Delhi: Routledge, pp 234-256.


Choi, Dongju and Kim, Heewon (2008) 'Indo Business Munwhaui Ihae' Doing Business in India.

Book Reviews

Kim, Heewon (2015) 'India's Muslim spring: why is nobody talking about it?'. Contemporary South Asia, (23) 1, pp 108-109.

Kim, Heewon (2014) 'Review of: Debating Difference: Group Rights and Liberal Democracy in India by Rochana Bajpai, Oxford University Press, 2013'. South Asia Research, (34) 2, pp 186-188.


Kim, Heewon (2014) 'The Muslim Vote: A View from Delhi'.


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