Anna Kim

Assistant Professor, School of City and Regional Planning

Member Of:
  • Center for Urban Innovation

Anna Joo Kim is an Assistant Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning. Her research examines the blurred boundaries between informal and formal jobs for low wage immigrant workers, and how these semi-formal employment arrangements translate into strategies for local economic growth in ethnic neighborhoods. Dr. Kim teaches community and workforce development, planning for immigrant communities, and other courses on social, economic, and environmental justice. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, she held the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. Recently Dr. Kim has been awarded the highly competitive GT-FIRE (Transformative Research and Education Award) for her study of workforce development in Atlanta's Westside neighborhoods. For her graduate studio on multi-ethnic immigrant communities and immigration policy in Georgia she has also been nominated for the “Faces of Inclusive Excellence” honor at Georgia Tech. Her research and community collaborations have received grant awards from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Studies Association, Center for Urban Innovation, UC Center for New Racial Studies, UC-CHIS, and the UCLA Labor Center.

To understand the unique potential of immigrant communities in facilitating urban growth in metro Atlanta, Dr. Kim is utilizing a CUI seed grant to convene a working group of faculty experts from Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and Emory University to conduct research focused on authorized and unauthorized immigrant labor in Georgia. By engaging partners like the Georgia Department of Labor, Essential Economy Council, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Mayoral Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, this group aims to address issues related to recent immigrant-related population, and highlight the work of city leaders, nonprofits, and academics in ensuring that the Atlanta area is a strong symbol for immigrant integration in the regional South.

  • 2011 - Ph.D. (Urban Planning), University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2006 - M.A. (Ethnic Studies), University of California, San Diego
  • 2004 - B.A. (Women's Studies and History), Claremont McKenna College