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Hye-Kyung Kang, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Kang's research focuses on cultural citizenship, immigrant communities and communities of color, postcolonial social work practice, community organizing and mobilization, cultural citizenship, and race/racism. In the recent years, she has been working with a local grassroots community organization, Julius Ford/Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community, to help develop intergenerational community organizing practice for community health and empowerment through community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Kang's book, Cultural Citizenship and Immigrant Community Identity, which explores cultural citizenship and immigrant community identity development, was published in 2009. She is concerned with the interconnection between personal struggles, environmental problems and societal oppression and inequalities, and continues to teach clinical social work practice that integrates multiple contexts and narratives.


Ph. D., University of Washington

M.S.W., University of Washington

M.A. Antioch University

B.S. University of Washington

Professional Interest Areas

Areas of Current Research

Selected Publications

Kang, H. (2012). Re-imagining citizenship, re-imagining social work: U.S. immigration policies and social work practice in the age of AZ SB 1070. Advances in Social Work, 13 (3).

Kang, H. (2010). Cultural Citizenship and Immigrant Community Identity: Constructing a Multi-ethnic Asian American Community. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing, LLC.

Nicotera, N, & Kang, H. (2009). Beyond diversity courses: Strategies for integrating critical consciousness across social work curriculum. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 29 (3).

Kang, H. (2008). Korean-American community-based social service organizations in the Metropolitan New York/New Jersey area. A grant-funded evaluation report submitted to and published by the Beautiful Foundation, USA.

Selected Presentations

Jan. 2012: Claiming immigrant cultural citizenship: The case of Mrs. Moon. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research conference. Washington, DC.

Oct. 2011: Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters: Empowerment and sustainability. Paper presentation (with Joshua Miller, Ph. D.) at the 57st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Atlanta, GA.

Mar. 2011: Re-imagining citizenship, re-imagining social work: U.S. immigration policies and social work practice in the age of AZ SB 1070. Paper presented at the Fourth Conference on International Social Work. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, LA.