Jae Hoon Lim

Jae Hoon Lim

Program Director for Post-Master's Certificate in Qualitative Research; Professor
Educational Leadership

Jae Hoon Lim is a Professor of Educational Research and teaches introductory and advanced qualitative research courses in the Cato College of Education. Dr. Lim’s research explores the intersection of gender, race, and class in STEM education and highlights the dialogical process of identity construction across various groups of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

She has served as PI or co-PI/qualitative evaluator for multiple external grant projects including a 1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and two Department of Defense Grants supporting student veterans in engineering. Her research has been published in top scholarly journals such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Equity and Excellence in Education, Youth and Society, Race, Ethnicity, and Education, and Journal of College Student Development. She is a contributing author to several books published by Oxford University Press, University of California Press, Teachers College Press, and Springer. She served as President for the Korean American Educational Researchers Association (KAERA) in 2013-2014, and Chair of the KAERA Board of Directors in 2019-2020.


  • Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2002, Elementary Education (with a Certificate of Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies)
  • M.A. Korea University, 1995, Education (Educational Philosophy Concentration)
  • B.Ed. Seoul National University of Education, 1990, Elementary Education


  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
  • Educational Research Methods

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

  • Intersectionality and equity in STEM education
  • Diverse groups of student veterans in higher education
  • Transnational Asian students and their families
  • Qualitative research methods

Current Research Projects (Selected)

  • Engaging Military Veterans to Increase STEM Graduate Enrollment and Degrees Awarded (Funded by Department of Defense: Office of Naval Research, 2018-2021)
  • Women Veterans of Color in Higher Education (Funded by UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant)
  • Research on Asian Professional Women in STEM Fields

Community Involvement

  • A member of the International Center for Community Development (ICCD) Board of Directors (2017 – current)

Major Publications

  • Hunt, B., & Lim, J. H. (2023). Searching for safe space: Student veterans’ uneven pathways to STEM careers by race. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2023043549
  • Saunders, R., Lim, J. H., & Harris, H. L. (2023). Bended womanhood bended back: The intersection of race, gender, and culture in women of color veterans and their transition into higher education. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. 16(3), 261-272. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000242
  • Hunt, B., Lim. J. H., & Williams, J. (2022). The few, the proud, and the marginalized: Minority student veterans’ transition by race. Journal of Higher Education. 93(5) 769-791. https://doi.org/10.1080/00221546.2022.2031705
  • Lim, J. H., Hunt, B. D., Nickcoy, F., Tkacik, P. T., Dahlberg, J. L. (2021). “In our own little world”: Invisibility of the social and ethical dimension of engineering among undergraduate students. Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics, 27(6), 1-23.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-021-00355-0
  • Lim, J. H., Wang, Y., Wu, T., Li, Z., & Sun, T. (2021). Walking on gender tightrope in the new world: Asian international female students in STEM graduate programs. Journal of International Students. 11(3). 647-665. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v11i3.2132
  • *Choi, J., & Lim, J. H. (2021). Knowledge, authority, and positionality in Asian immigrant female faculty teaching diversity classes. Journal for Multicultural Learning and Teaching. 16(1), 103-117.  https://doi.org/10.1515/mlt-2019-0007
  • Lim, J. H., Interiano, C., Nowell, C. E., Tkacik, P. T. & Dahlberg, J. L. (2018). Invisible cultural barriers: Contrasting perspectives on student veterans’ transition. Journal of College Student Development. 59(3), 291-308.
  • Booker, K. C. & Lim, J. H. (2018). Belongingness and pedagogy: Engaging African American girls in middle school mathematics. Youth and Society. 50(8), 1037-1055.
  • Lim, J. H., MacLeod, B., Tkacik, P. T., & Dika, S. L. (2017). Peer mentoring in engineering: (Un)Shared experience of undergraduate peer mentors and mentees. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnerships in Learning. 25(4), 395-416.