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Kony Kim

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Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: kony (at) berkeley (dot) edu

Website: http://about.me/konykim

Biography:

While at UC Berkeley, I've had amazing opportunities to work for and alongside people caught in the prison system.

My personal and philosophical perspectives -- as well as my career goals -- have been shaped by my experiences as a law student participant of the Restorative Justice Roundtable at San Quentin State Prison, as a volunteer educator with the Prison University Project at San Quentin, as a volunteer editor with the Brothers in Pen at San Quentin, as a law clerk with UnCommon Law in Oakland, and as an an advocate with Root & Rebound in Berkeley.

I'm grateful to these organizations for doing incredible, life-changing work, and for embodying the principles of restorative justice. My current research project is a culmination of everything I've learned through the opportunities they have gifted me with.

As a person who embraces restorative justice, I aspire to be an educator and advocate who empowers people in prison to tell their stories and rebuild their lives. Through writing my dissertation and discussing it with others, I hope to clarify the motives behind this aspiration and invite others to support it.

Education:

Ph.D. candidate, UC Berkeley
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law
M.A., Westminster Seminary
B.A., Yale University

Concentrations:

Capability approach
Narrative psychology
Political emotions
Rehabilitation theory
Restorative justice

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Disciplinary field: Law and political science (public law)
Topical field: The politics and ethics of mass incarceration
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Dissertation Abstract:

Narrative Identity as Freedom: An Ethical Case for Empowering People in Prison to Be Life Storytellers

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