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David Kyuman Kim

Founding Director, Center for Values, Ethics, & Culture
Distinguished Visiting Professor

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since

David Kyuman Kim is Founding Director of the GTU’s Center for Values, Ethics, and Culture and Distinguished Visiting Professor. Dr. Kim is a philosopher of religion and scholar of radical love and multiracial democracy. From 2019, he was a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. Dr. Kim spent nearly two decades at Connecticut College as Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies. His honors include fellowships as the Inaugural Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Brown University and Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kim has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Union Theological Seminary (NYC). 

Published widely in religious studies, theology, political theory, and race and ethnic studies, Dr. Kim is the author of Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics (Oxford, 2008) and co-editor of The Post-Secular in Question (NYU, 2012) and Race, Religion, and Late Democracy (Sage, 2011). He is also Co-Editor of the Stanford University Press series RaceReligion. From 2009-2012, he was Senior Advisor to the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere, and was also Editor-at-Large of The Immanent Frame. He is cofounder of the Love-Driven Politics Collective, a group of scholars, artists, and social justice activists dedicated to responding to the political evil, acrimony, anger, and cynicism of our times by cultivating a common politics animated by compassion, generosity, and mercy. His current book project is The Public Life of Love.

A highly-regarded consultant and entrepreneur, Dr. Kim has advised efforts at major companies, such as Vanguard Investments, IBM, and Parliament, Inc. He is Founder and Principal of Radical Love Productions, LLC. and President of the Horn Hospitality Group, Inc., a Bay Area restaurant venture that includes Oakland’s Horn Barbecue and Kowbird Chicken. With the Center for Values, Ethics, and Culture, Dr. Kim is leading the GTU’s collaborations with corporate and institutional partners in the Bay Area and nationally, CVEC will create an innovative curriculum for companies, organizations, and professionals poised to undertake equitable and justice-focused cultural transformation.

Selected Publications