Kim Korinek is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Asia Center at the University of Utah and she is Principal Investigator of the Vietnam Health and Aging Study (VHAS).

Kim is currently the PI of the Henry Luce Foundation funded “Mekong Region Development Research Group,” and the PI of the five-year, National Institute on Aging-funded “Vietnam Health and Aging Study” (2017-2022).  Kim Korinek has authored numerous articles on issues of social inequality, population, health and aging in Vietnam, Thailand and developing Asia more broadly.

Kim’s research examines the mutually transformative effects of social demographic changes, like population aging and population mobility, and individual and family level experiences of receipt of support, living arrangements, socioeconomic mobility, health care utilization, and other outcomes related to wellbeing.


Recent Research:

Korinek, K., Teerawichitchainan, B., Zimmer, Z., Brindle, E., Nguyen, T. K. C., Nguyen, H. M., & Tran, K. T. (2019). Design and measurement in a study of war exposure, health, and aging: protocol for the Vietnam health and aging study. BMC public health19(1), 1-11.

Aguilera*, Guadalupe, and Kim Korinek. 2020. “Immigrant Fertility in Comparative Perspective: South Africa and the United States,” Demography.

Wen, Ming, Qiang Ren, Kim Korinek & Ha N. Trinh*. 2019. “Living in skipped generation households and happiness among middle-aged and older grandparentsin China” Social Science Research 80:145-155.

Loebach, Peter, and Kim Korinek. 2019. “Disaster Vulnerability, Displacement, and Infectious Disease: Nicaragua and Hurricane Mitch.” Population and Environment. 40(4):434-455.