Young-IL Kim

Young-IL Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sociology



Young-IL Kim joined George Fox in 2017 as an assistant professor of sociology. In the six years prior to his arrival, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar and research assistant professor in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.  His research focuses on the ways in which the family and voluntary associations promote (or inhibit) generosity and social solidarity.

His work has been published in  Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Focus, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and  Review of Religious Research. His research has also been covered by media outlets, such as   The New York Times,   The   Wall Street Journal,   The Washington Times, and The Psychology Today.  His most recent research was funded by the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network/the Department of Health and Human Services and focused on evaluating the effectiveness of an Ohio-based fatherhood program. In addition to research, he is passionate about teaching and  investing in college students’ lives.

Academic Background

PhD, sociology, University of Virginia (2010)

MA, sociology, Yonsei University, South Korea (2001)

BA, sociology and Business Administration, Yonsei University, South Korea (1999)


Kim, Young-IL and Sung Joon Jang. 2017. “Religious Service Attendance and Volunteering: A Growth Curve Analysis.”   Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly  46(2):395–418.

Kim, Young-IL, Sung Joon Jang, and Byron R. Johnson. 2016. “Tying Knots with Communities: Youth Involvement in Scouting and Civic Engagement in Adulthood.”   Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly  45(6):1113–29.

Kim, Young-IL and Jeffrey Dew. 2016. “Marital Investments and Community Involvement: A Test of Coser’s Greedy Marriage Thesis.”   Sociological Perspectives  59(4):743–59.

Kim, Young-IL. 2016. “Bridging Alone: Religious Conservatism, Marital Homogamy, and Voluntary Association Membership.”   R eview of Religious Research   58(1):47–73.

Kim, Young-IL and W. Bradford Wilcox. 2014. “Religious Identity, Religious Attendance, and Parental Control.” R eview of Religious Research 56(4):555–80.

Jang, Sung Joon, Byron R. Johnson, Young-IL Kim, Edward C. Polson, and Buster G. Smith. 2014. “Structured Voluntary Youth Activities and Positive Outcomes in Adulthood: An Exploratory Study of Involvement in Scouting and Subjective Well-being.”   Sociological Focus  47(4):238–67.

Polson, Edward C., Young-IL Kim, Sung Joon Jang, Byron R. Johnson, and Buster G. Smith. 2013. “Being Prepared and Staying Connected: Scouting’s Influence on Social Capital and Community Involvement.”   Social Science Quarterly94(3):758–76.

Kim, Young-IL and W. Bradford Wilcox. 2013. “Bonding Alone: Familism, Religion, and Secular Civic Participation.” Social Science Research 42(1):31–45.