Hoyun Kim

Hoyun Kim is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster at the School of Education. Her research interests lie in the experiences of students in higher education and examining postsecondary institutions as organizations: topics pertaining to student agency, equity, accessibility of higher education, and the behavior and incentives of postsecondary institutions. More broadly, she aims to understand and reason the purpose and power of higher education through her work.

Her interests are informed by her experiences attending different forms of public schools in the United States and South Korea and the messages that were instilled into her in those times regarding K-12 education and college, working closely with high school and undergraduate students as a tutor and counselor, as well as working as staff for a private university in South Korea.

Prior to the program, Hoyun Kim earned her BA in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley with a Minor in Chinese. She is a recipient of the Regent's Fellowship and a student fellow of the Gardner Seminar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education.

Specializations and Interests

Educational Equity; Higher Education; Student Agency and Choice; Peer/Teacher Effects; Policy Analysis and Evaluation

doctoral student hoyun kim smiling at camera wearing black top navy blue coat


BA, Economics, University of California, Berkeley