Dongbin Kim, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Primary office:
414 Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 414

Dongbin Kim is associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on issues of equity and social justice in the field of higher education. Dr. Kim’s research has been published in Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education. Her most recent research examined the intersection of individual, financial, and institutional context that shape college students’ college mobility patterns. Dr. Kim holds an Ed.M. in educational administration from Seoul National University in Korea and a Ph.D. in higher education policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.


At KU, I have taught eight graduate courses: Introduction to American Higher Education; Research on College Students; Postsecondary Finance; The Governance and Administration of Higher Education; Understanding Research in Education; Large Scale Data Policy Analysis; and Theory and Research in Administration (taught twice, with two different foci: dissertation proposal writing and developing/conducting survey research). Regardless of the content or topics in the class, my primary instructional goal is always to foster students to become educated higher education practitioners and researchers who apply what they learn to their own realities and to their real work settings. I strive to achieve this goal by creating a collaborative and cooperative environment where students are empowered to take initiative in their learning and interpretations and to become active participants in other students' learning.

Teaching Interests

  • HIgher Education Policy, Policy Analysis with large data sets, International and comparative education


My scholarly research program focuses on the issues of equity and social justice in the field of higher education. This focus is applied to three interrelated topical areas: (1) financial aid policy; (2) college access; and (3) international doctorates and faculty. In each case, I deliberately pursue subjects that allow me to contribute to discussion and debates on the crucial role that higher education plays in moving toward a more equitable society, socially, economically, and educationally. In the process, I seek to utilize the most appropriate research methods and data to answer the research questions that I examine, with a primary focus on quantitative approaches, using large national data sets from NCES, NSF, and IPUMS.

Research Interests

  • HIgher Education Policy, Policy Analysis with large data sets, International and comparative education

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Higher Education and Organizational Changes, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 2003
  • M.A., Educational Administration, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, 1997
  • B.A., French Language and Literature, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, 1990

Research Interests

  • financial aid policy, college access, and student success
  • International and comparative higher education


Dept Number Course Name
ELPS 780 Introduction to American higher education
ELPS 980 Finance in higher education
ELPS 986 Organization and governance in higher education
ELPS 998 Data analysis with large national data sets

Related Information

Awards/Honors/Major Service

  • The 2008-2009 Promising Scholar Award, School of Education, University of Kansas

Recent Publications

  • Nuñez, A. & Kim, D. (forthcoming). Building a Multicontextual Model of Latino College Enrollment: Student, School, and State-level Effects. Review of Higher Education. Vol.35, Issue, 2.
  • Kim, D., Twombly, S. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (forthcoming). International faculty: Experiences of Academic Life and Productivity in US Universities. Journal of Higher Education.
  • Kim, D., Bankart, C., & Burrows, L. (2011). International doctorates in U.S.: What predicts their plan to stay in U.S. Higher Education. Volume 62, Issue 2. pp. 141-161.
  • Kim, D. & Rury, J. (2010). The Rise of the Commuter Student: A Statistical Analysis of Attending College While Living at Home in the United States, 1960-1980. Teachers College Record. Vol.113, No. 4.
  • Kim, D & Otts, C. (2010). The effect of loans on time to doctorate degree. The Journal of Higher Education. Vol. 81, No.1. pp. 1-32.
  • Lee, J. J. & Kim, D. (2010). Brain grain or brain circulation? U.S. Doctoral recipients returning to South Korea. Higher Education. Vol. 59, No. 5. pp. 627-643.

Program Affiliation

Higher Education

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