Ph.D., Columbia University (2001)
A.B., Harvard University (1988)
On sabbatical research leave, 2015-2016.
cultural anthropology; anthropology of religion; fieldwork methods; South Asia religious cultures and devotional traditions; globalising religious movements; issues of diaspora, migration, and transnationalism; psychological anthropology.
Discourses on religion; ontology and anthropology; ethics, morality and anthropology; visual anthropology; knowledge production at the intersection of religion, law, and culture; religious subjectivities; public representations of religious identity; transnational processes and global religious movements; discursive dimensions of architecture and themed spaces.
American Philosophical Society, Franklin Research Grant, 2015-2016. “Architects of Devotion: the BAPS Swaminarayan Community and the Formation of a Global Hindu Community.”
Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant, 2012-2013. "Expanding Neighbourliness through Law, Religion, and the Public Sphere."
Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant, 2009-2010. "Investigating and Filming Conceptions of "Hinduism" and "Religion" in Newly Constructed Swaminarayan Temples in the United States."
"In service of God and Geography: Tracing Five Centuries of the Vallabhacharya Sampradaya. Book review: Seeing Krishna in America: The Hindu Bhakti Tradition of Vallabhacharya in India and its Movement to the West, by E. Allen Richardson". H-Net Reviews, https://networks.h-net.org/node/22055/reviews/105523/kim-richardson-seeing-krishna-america-hindu-bhakti-tradition. January 2016.
"Ineffable or Not: Understanding and Writing about Sri Aurobindo. Book Review: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, by Peter Heehs". H-Net Reviews, https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=32846. June 2011.
"When the Guru does not Travel or How does Globalizing Religion Actually Work? Book review: Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism through the Sathya Sai Movement, by Tulasi Srinivas". H-Net Reviews, https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=31068. May 2011.
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Kim, H. (2016). Thinking Through Akshardham and the Making of the Swaminarayan Self. In Raymond B. Williams and Yogi Trivedi (Eds.). Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition, Adaptation, and Identity. (pp. 383-401). New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press.
H. Kim (2015). Transnational Movements: Portable Religion and the Case Study of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. In Brian A. Hatcher (Eds.). Hinduism in the Modern World. (pp. 48-64). New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Kim, H. (2013). Swaminarayan Bhakti Yoga and the Aksarabrahman Guru. In Ellen Goldberg and Mark Singleton (Eds.). Gurus of Modern Yoga. (pp. 237-260). New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press.
Kim, H. (2013). Devotional Expressions in the BAPS Swaminaryan Community. In P. Pratap Kumar (Eds.). Contemporary Hinduism. (pp. 126-137). London/Durham, United Kingdom: Routledge/Acumen Publishing.
Kim, H. (2012). A Fine Balance: Adaptation and Accommodation in the Swaminarayan Sanstha. In S. Mawani and A. Mukadam (Eds.). Gujarati Communities Across the Globe: Memory, Identity and Continuity. (pp. 141-156). Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom: Trentham Books.
Kim, H. (2012). Work-in-Progress: the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha on the Web. In J. Zavos, P. Kanungo, D. Reddy, et. al. (Eds.). Public Hinduisms. (pp. 303-308). New Delhi, India: Sage.
Kim, H. (2012). The BAPS Swaminarayan Temple Organisation and its Publics. In J. Zavos, P. Kanungo, D. Reddy, et. al. (Eds.). Public Hinduisms. (pp. 417-439). New Delhi, India: Sage.
Kim, H. (2010). The Swaminarayan Movement and Religious Subjectivity. In E. Simpson, A. Kapadia (Eds.). The Idea of Gujarat: History, Ethnography and Text. (pp. 207-228). New Delhi, India: Orient Blackswan.
Kim, H (2008). Managing Deterritorialisation, Sustaining Belief: the Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha as Ethnographic Case Study and Theoretical Foil. In A. Geertz, M. Warburg, D. Christensen (Eds.). New Religions and Globalization: Empirical, Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives. (pp. 225-242). Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University Press.
Kim, H. (2007). 'Edifice Complex': Swaminarayan Bodies and Buildings in the Diaspora. In A. Mukadam, S. Mawani (Eds.). Gujaratis in the West: Evolving Identities in Contemporary Society. (pp. 59-78). Newcastle, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Kim, H. (2005). Swaminarayan Movement. In L. Jones (Eds.). The Encylopedia of Religion. (pp. 8889-8893). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale/Macmillan Reference.
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H. Kim (2014, November). Ontological Stabilities and Ethnographic Knowledge: Experiencing the Mega Temple Complex and Swaminarayan Religious Subjectivity. Columbia University Seminar in Studies in Religion and Columbia University Seminar on Contents and Methods in the Social Sciences, New York, NY.
H. Kim (2013, August). Thinking Through Akshardham: Transnational Assemblages and Relations in the BAPS Swaminarayan Community. Gujarat Itihas Parishad, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, B.J. Institute of Learning and Research, BAPS Swaminarayan Research Institute, New Delhi, India.
H. Kim (2012, January). Devotional Bodies and Liberalising Economies: Rethinking the Relationship between Religious Communities and Gujarat Civil Society. Centre for Social Studies, Surat, Gujarat.
Kim, H. (2010, April). Patterned Ideals: Consumption, Devotion, and Aesthetic Choices in Hindu Temple Architecture. Adelphi University.
Kim, H. (2008, May). Contemporary Gujarat from an Ethnographic Perspective: Swaminarayan Bhakti and Some Considerations for Unpacking Assumptions about Religion and Religious Subjectivity. School of Oriental and African Studies, London, U.K.
Kim, H. (2006, November). Transforming Talk: Swaminarayan Women and the Cultivation of the Ideal Devotee. New York University.
Kim, H. (2003, October). The Study of Religion, the Obvious and the Sensible: Some Reflections on Being Pious, Modern and Swaminarayan. Columbia University.
Kim, H (2001, July). Situating Swaminarayan Bhakti: the Space of Colonial Discourse. University of Bombay.
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Kim, H. (2015). Broken Houses and Too Much Local Brew: Immoral and Moral Ingredients in the Making of the Moral Self. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. San Diego, CA.
Kim, H. (2014). Very Modern Human Souls and Saints: Rethinking Relations of Non-Sovereign Selves for Living the Ethical Life. In American Anthropological Association. Washington, D.C.
Kim, H. (2014). Ajivan Sevaks, Lifetime Devotees: Humanising the Pathway from Singular Devotion to Collective Gains. In European Conference on South Asian Studies. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Bhatt, K. and Kim, H. (2014). Green Fields, Healthy Cows, and a Full Moon: Tracing Rural-Urban Imaginaries Through the Sankari Swaminaryan Temple. In Conference on the Study of Religions in India. Butler University, Butler, Indiana.
Kim, H. (2014). From Ayurvedic Spas to Leisure Temple Spaces: Tracing Narratives and Seeking Interpretive Strategies for Approaching the Indian Middle Class. In Association for Asian Studies. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kim, H. (2014). Travelling Cultures and Other Essential Ingredients: Approaching Gujarati Otherwise-ness through Food. In Global South Asia Conference. New York University, New York, New York.
Kim, H. (2013). Moral Claims, Liberal Critiques, and Making a Case for Unscrambling Epistemologies of Difference. In American Anthropological Association. Chicago, Illinois.
Kim, H. (2013). Prayers in Translation: Reflections on the Portability of Contemplative Practices. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Pasadena, California.
Kim, H. (2012). Negotiating NIMBY, Neighbourliness, and being Publicly Hindu in the United States. In European Conference on South Asian Studies. Lisbon, Portugal.
Kim, H. (2011). Monumental Revisions: Reading Architecture for Traces of the Middle. In American Anthropological Association. Montreal, Canada.
Kim, H. (2011). Steeples and Spires or How to Parse the Balloon and Build a Temple. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Kim, H. (2010). Bewitched and Bothered in Swaminarayan Akshardham: Boat Rides, Exhibitions, and the Trials of Representing Hinduism. In American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, Georgia.
Kim, H. (2010). Charity and Service: the Public Face of 21st Century Swaminarayan Bhakti. In European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies. Bonn, Germany.
Kim, H. (2010). Public Entanglements: the BAPS Community and its Juggling of Different Imaginaries. In European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies. Bonn, Germany.
Kim, H. (2010). Consuming Akshardham: Reflections on Architecture, Themed Spaces, and the Cultivation of BAPS Swaminarayan Devotional Practices. In Association for Asian Studies. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kim, H. (2009). Coming to Terms with 'Religion': Examining the Shared Space of Global Hindus and Critical Anthropologists. In American Anthropological Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kim, H. (2009). Remaking Space: BAPS Swaminarayan Virtual Geography and its Transnational Implications. In The Public Representation of a Religion called Hinduism: Hindu Trans-nationalism: Organizations, Ideologies, Networks. Houston, Texas.
Kim, H. (2009). Irreducible Histories: The Problem of. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Asilomar, California.
Kim, H. (2009). The BAPS Swaminarayan Temple Organisation and its Publics. In International Conference on the Public Representation of a Religion called Hinduism: Umbrella Organisations and Ecumenical Hinduism. Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Kim, H. (2009). Post-colonial, Post-Liberal Gujarat: the Discourse on Secularism and its Alternatives. In Rethinking Religion in India II: Rethinking Secularism. New Delhi, India.
Kim, H. (2008). Ambiguous Positionality: Rethinking Categories via Collaborations with a Hindu Devotional Community. In American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, California.
Kim, H. (2008). Globalisation the Swaminarayan Way: New Choices for a New Religion. In American Academy of Religion. Chicago, Illinois.
Kim, H. (2008). Liberal Scholars, Educated Informants, and the Need to Rethink the Hindu Subject: the Case of the Swaminarayan Community. In American Academy of Religion. Chicago, Ilinois.
Kim, H. (2008). Public Engagement and Private Desires: Swaminarayan Temples and their Contribution to the Discourses on Religion. In European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies. Manchester, U.K.
Kim, H. (2008). A Fine Balance: Standardisation and Accommodation in the Swaminarayan Sanstha. In Gujarat Studies Association. Toronto, Canada.
Kim, H. (2007). Meeting the Bishop, Meeting the Governor: Interpreting the Anglo-Imperial Encounter and its Effect on Swaminarayan Devotionalism. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Phoenix, Arizona.
Kim, H. (2007). The Bonds of Enchantment: Swaminarayan Mediations of Secularism, Religion, and Living in the West. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Phoenix, Arizona.
Kim, H. (2006). 'Edifice Complex': Swaminarayan Bodies and Buildings in the Diaspora. In Gujarat Studies Association 1st Biennial Conference. London, U.K..
Kim, H. (2005). Becoming New World Hindus: Strategies for the Education of Indian Youth and the Making of Religion. In American Anthropological Association. Washington, D.C..
Kim, H. (2005). Becoming a New Religion the Old-Fashioned Way: Perspectives from a Transnational Hindu Movement. In American Academy of Religion. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kim, H. (2005). Embracing Religion: Contributions to Discourses on Morality and Religion from a Hindu Devotional Movement. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Vancouver, Canada.
Kim, H. (2004). Homeland Securities: Religion and the Making of Transnational Citizens in the Swaminarayan Diaspora. In American Anthropological Association. Atlanta, Georgia.
Kim, H. (2003). Sensory Reconfigurations: Swaminarayan Bhakti and the Making of a Religion. In International Association for the History of Religions. New Delhi, India.
Kim, H. (2002). Experiencing Belief: Swaminarayan Bhakti and the Reasoned Engagement with the Senses. In 31st Annual Conference on South Asia. Madison, Wisconsin.
Kim, H. (2002). Managing Deterritorialisation, Sustaining Belief: the Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha as Ethnographic Case Study and Theoretical Foil. In Renner Conference, "New Religions and Globalization: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives". Aarhus, Denmark.
Kim, H. (2002). Finding Solace off the M4: Sacred Space in an Urban Context. In Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Cleveland, Ohio.
Other Scholarly/Artistic Work
Book Manuscript, in progress:
"Architects of Devotion: the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and its Publics" [working title]
American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
American Council for Southern Asian Art
Association for Asian Studies
European Association for South Asian Studies
Gujarat Studies Association
Society for the Anthropology of Religion