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Heewon Kim is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Prior to joining Aston University, she was a postdoctoral researcher and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at SOAS, University of London. She completed her BA and MA at Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul) and her doctorate at SOAS in 2015.

Her main research interest is in the politics of South Asia with special reference to the management of religious diversity in India since 1947. She has recently published The Struggle for Equality: India's Muslims and Rethinking the UPA Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2019), and is currently working on a project titled ‘Modi and Muslims: development, exclusion or path dependence?’. Her work focuses on public policies on religious minorities and the demands for equality among these groups in South Asia and beyond.

Research Interests

  • the rise of Hindu nationalism in India since 2014
  • communal violence in South Asia since 1947
  • public policy in India with special reference to Muslims
  • comparative public policy
  • religions and development
  • the role of faith-based organisations in post-conflict reconstruction
  • multiculturalism and religious diversity in developed liberal democracies


  • PhD Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS, University of London.
  • MA International Organisations and Human Security, Sookmyung Women’s University.
  • BA International Studies, Sookmyung Women’s University.

Funding Applications and Awards


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

£320,000 FEC


Contact Details

  • Phone: 0121 204 4266
  • Email: h.kim4@aston.ac.uk

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Research Output

  • The Limits of India’s Ethno-Linguistic Federation: Understanding the Demise of Sikh Nationalism

    Singh, G. & Kim, H., 16 Mar 2018, In : Regional and federal studies. 28, 4, p. 427-445

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Understanding Modi and Minorities: the BJP-led NDAGovernment in India and Religious Minorities

    Kim, H., 10 Nov 2017, In : India Review. 16, 4, p. 357-376

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Challenges of Managing Religious Diversity in India: Between Hegemonic Domination and the Quest for Equality

    Kim, H. & Singh, G., 15 Apr 2016, The Politics and Practice of Religious Diversity: National Contexts, Global Issues. Routledge, p. 49-66

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Book Review: India's Muslim spring: why is nobody talking about it?

    Kim, H., 16 Apr 2015, In : Contemporary South Asia. 23, 1, p. 108-109

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review