Elaine H. Kim is an award winning writer, editor and professor in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kim is the co-founder and former president of the non-profit organization Asian Women United(AWU) of California. She also co-founded the Oakland Korean Community Center and the Asian Immigrant Women Advocates.

Kim received her B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from University of California, Berkeley