SOAS University of London

Department of Religions and Philosophies

Heewon Kim

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Heewon Kim
Department of Religions and Philosophies

Research Associate

Dr Heewon Kim
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Thesis title:
United Progressive Alliance (2004-14), equality of opportunity and Muslims: a paradigm shift or political pragmatism?
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Dr. Heewon Kim is a Research Associate in the Department of the Study of Religions. She completed her BA and MA at Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul, Republic of Korea), and in 2010 joined the Department of Theology at the University of Birmingham to pursue doctoral research. In 2011 she transferred to SOAS following her supervisor’s appointment as Dean. She was awarded a PhD in the Department of the Study of Religions in February 2015. Since November 2014, she has been working as SOAS South Asia Institute’s Notes Blog assistant.


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, 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 in Europe, South Asia, South Korea and Japan.


Authored Books

Kim, Heewon (2018) Muslims and Institutional Policy in India: Rethinking the United Progressive Alliance (2004-14) Experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Forthcoming)

Book Chapters

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

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.

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.


Choi, Dongju and Kim, Heewon, trans. (2008) Indo Business Munwhaui Ihae. Doing Business in India . Seoul: Samsung Books.


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

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