Ruth H. Kim

Doctoral Candidate, Education Department
University of California, Santa Cruz

2009 Youth Purpose Research Award Winner

Ruth H. Kim is a doctoral candidate in Education and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include critical youth studies (cultural production & politics, hip hop culture & pedagogy, literacies), feminist theories, and cultural & youth community organizations. Her dissertation is a critical ethnography that captures the organizing methods and pedagogies of one non-profit literary arts youth organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that focuses on the development and presentation of youth spoken word. Prior to entering her Ph.D. program, she taught creative & academic writing in educational outreach programs and coordinated university student organizations.


Poetry as Purpose: Extending Beyond the Self through Youth Spoken Word