About Harlow’s Monkey

My name is JaeRan Kim and I am a writer, blogger, teacher and scholar interested in topics of adoption, foster care, child welfare, orphans and vulnerable children, race, disabilities, gender, and all the intersectionalities of the above. My dream class to teach would be to use film and popular media to analyze themes around foster care, adoption and child welfare. I would name this class “Beyond Juno.”

I was born in South Korea and adopted to the United States in 1971.  I currently work at the University of Washington Tacoma in the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice. My current research projects focus on the experiences of intercountry adoptees that have experienced adoption disruption or displacement and the cultural, racial and adoption socialization practices of Korean adoptee parents.

Many people ask, “why did you choose the name Harlow’s Monkey?” Click here to read my story.

Click here for my professional website and for information about my current research projects.

 To see a sample of my publications and media interviews, click here.