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Young-Il Kim

ISR Research Assistant Professor

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Young-Il Kim, Research Assistant Professor, joined ISR in the fall of 2011. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia in 2010. Kim’s research interests lie in the field of social capital, civic engagement, family, and religion. Kim’s current research has three distinct streams. He is primarily interested in understanding the mechanisms under which the institutions of family and religion facilitate (or impede) civic engagement. One study in this line of research is published in Social Science Research. He is interested in examining these relationships using broader units of analysis including the couple and the country. His second stream of research concerns civic socialization. One study, which examines Boy Scouts and their long-term effect on adult civic engagement, appears in Social Science Quarterly. His third stream of research involves religion and family life. He is particularly interested in studying variations in parenting cultures between religious orthodoxy and secular progressivism and their implications on children’s behavioral outcomes.