Dr. Andrew Wooyoung Kim is an Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and an Honorary Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Dr. Kim’s research integrates biological, epidemiological, and anthropological approaches to understand how social oppression becomes embodied and produces health inequities in historically marginalized communities. His current work traces the biosocial mechanisms underlining the intergenerational mental health effects of violence from apartheid in Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa. Through a collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, he is also leading a study on the perceptions, experiences, and mental health impacts of COVID-19 in tertiary psychiatric hospitals in Johannesburg. His research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.