Associate Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
In his program of research, Professor James Kim uses randomized experiments to evaluate and improve promising literacy interventions. His substantive goal is to understand the role that teachers and parents play in promoting children’s reading comprehension and reading engagement during the academic school year and summer months. He is particularly interested in using the results of randomized experiments to identify a toolbox of literacy interventions and instructional practices that enable educators to improve children’s literacy outcomes, especially vulnerable populations of children growing up in low-income neighborhoods, schools, and homes. His ultimate goal is to use experimental evidence to identify effective literacy interventions that enable all children to acquire knowledge, to read for enjoyment, and to succeed in their chosen life’s work.