Dr Heon Kim teaches various religion courses at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. He also taught humanities seminar courses on the intellectual heritage program at Temple University, USA. As a teacher-scholar, Heon specializes in comparative religions, interreligious dialogue, and religion and spirituality. He has pursued a strong cross-cultural academic career in South Korea, Egypt, Turkey and the USA.
He received his doctorate from the Department of Religion at Temple University, with a distinction award by his dissertation committee’s unanimous vote. He received his BA in Arabic Language from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. He subsequently studied Arabic and Islamic theology for several years at Al-Azhar University, Egypt. His academic career continued at Marmara University, Turkey, where he obtained an MA degree in Islamic Philosophy.
Heon authored Din Değiştirmenin Entellectual Arka Planı [Intellectual Background of Religious Conversion] in Turkish, and edited two volumes, A Just World: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Social Justice in 2013, and Making Peace In and With the World: The Role of the Gülen Movement in the Task of Eco Justice in 2012, both of which were published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. His lived experience and research in diverse religions have been frequently reserved in his invited presentations to national conferences at, to name few, Georgetown University, Rice University and the University of Maryland, USA.
He has served and continues to serve in various academic fields. He has co-ordinated national conferences on “Religion, Conflict and Peace” at Temple University in 2010 and “Religion and Justice” at Holy Family University, USA, in 2012. Since 2010, he has served as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Ecumenical Studies. He is the founder and chair of the section “Interreligious and Interfaith Studies,” and a co-chair of the section “Religion, Conflict and Peace,” for the American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference.