Assistant Director for Teaching Excellence,

Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

George Mason University (USA)

My professional life revolves around interpreting information and creating knowledge and helping students and faculty to do the same.

Drawing on 20 years of university-level teaching that ranges from first-year writing and survey literature courses to upper-level seminars and graduate courses. As an administrator,  I implement faculty development programs to facilitate engagement with high impact practices like undergraduate research and active learning.

As a researcher with an international reputation, I am interested in the way that American cultural production circulates globally as well as the impact of global cultural production within the United States. Situated within the fields of transnational American Studies and global Asias, my scholarship focuses on audience and reception studies, literature, media studies, popular culture and visual culture, with an emphasis on African American, Asian and Asian American cultures. My 2013 book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (University of Mississippi Press) uses the films of Bruce Lee to read cross-cultural negotiations with global culture in novels, films and anime. I am currently working on my manuscript, Soul in Seoul: Black Popular Music and K-pop (under contract with University of Mississippi Press), which examines the influence of genres of R&B on Korean popular music, or K-pop. I have also published several journal articles and book chapters on Afro-Asian cultural production.

Because I want to extend my scholarship beyond academia, I also engage in public scholarship through digital humanities projects, which often include undergraduates, and online writing. As Director of KPK: KPop Kollective, I manage the oldest and only aca-fansite for modern Korean popular music (K-pop). Established in 2010, it has developed into a community of practice  and a thematic research collection centered on K-pop, promoting the public’s understanding of contemporary Korean popular culture, creating resources and providing analysis and context on K-pop from a global perspective. I also manage KPOPCULTURE, a digital humanities project that curates modern Korean popular music (K-pop) through digital exhibitions of music, choreography and industry, and write on East Asian popular culture in a number of venues, including my own blog, High Yellow.

I’m happy to be a guest in high school and college classrooms via Skype or in person. Please direct requests for speaking engagements and classroom visits to csaphd5@gmail.com or cander8@gmu.edu.





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