ChangHwan Kim

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Sociology
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 707
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556


Professor Kim is specialized in the areas of stratification, work and organizations, race and ethnicity, Asian American studies, Korea studies, and quantitative methodology. The common concern of his research is to contribute to the generation of the critical knowledge and information that will ultimately help policy makers to understand and eventually ameliorate the undesirable sources of increasing socioeconomic polarization in our society. Methodologically, he is interested in panel models and diverse statistical decompositions. His work appears, among others, in American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Work and Occupations, Sociological Methods & Research and Korean Journal of Sociology.


Research Interests

  • Stratification and Inequality
  • Labor Markets
  • Economic Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Asian American Studies
  • Korea Studies
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Selected Publications

Kim, C. Sakamoto, A. & Tamborini, C. R. (2018). The Sources of Life Chances: Does Education, Class Category, Occupation or Short-Term Earnings Predict 20-Year Long-Term Earnings? Sociological Science, 5, 206-233. DOI:10.15195/v5.a9

Sakamoto, A. Tamborini, C. R., & Kim, C. (2018). Long-Term Earnings Differentials Between African American and White Men by Educational Level. Population Research and Policy Review, 37(1), 91-116. DOI://

Kim, C. & Sakamoto, A. (in press). Women's Progress for Men's Gain? Gender-Specific Changes in the Return to Education as Measured by Family Standard-of-Living, 1990 to 2009-11. Demography, 54(5).

Tamborini, C. R., & Kim, C. (2017). Education and Contributory Pensions at Work: Disadvantages of the Less Educated. Social Forces, 95(4), 1577-1606. DOI://

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