About Crystal S. Anderson, PhD

Dr. Crystal S. Anderson is an administrator who works on academic program development and assessment, high-impact practices and faculty development as well as a scholar who works in the fields of Transnational American Studies, Global Asias and Black Internationalism.

Currently, I am Assistant Director of Teaching Excellence, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning  as well as Affiliate Faculty in African and African American Studies and the School of Art at George Mason University. I am also the Director of KPK: Kpop Kollective, the oldest and only public scholarship site on K-pop for academics and fans.

Higher Education Administration

As a college administrator, I have developed and assessed university-level academic programs in undergraduate research as well as diversity, equity and inclusion. Currently, I design and implement learning experiences for faculty that promote high impact practices, including undergraduate research, active learning, community engagement and multi-modal teaching. In addition, I have over 20 years of experience developing innovative assignments using technology and teaching interdisciplinary courses in American and African American literature and culture, visual culture and popular culture at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Research and Scholarly Activities

As a researcher with an international reputation, I focus on popular culture and visual culture, media studies, audience and reception studies, and literature, with an emphasis on African American, Asian and Asian American cultures. 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.

In addition to several journal articles and book chapters, I have written two scholarly books. Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-pop (2020, University of Mississippi Press), examines the influence of genres of R&B on global Korean popular music, or K-pop.  Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (2013, University of Mississippi Press) uses the films of Bruce Lee to read cross-cultural negotiations with global culture in novels, films and anime.

I also produce public scholarship through my digital humanities projects and digital writing.  KPK: KPop Kollective (est. 2010) is the oldest and only public scholarship site on K-pop for academics and fans.  As a community of practice and a thematic research collection, its mission is to promote the public’s understanding of contemporary Korean popular culture, create resources and provide analysis and context on K-pop from a global perspective. KPOPCULTURE, a digital humanities project housed in Omeka that curates and chronicles modern Korean popular music (K-pop) through digital exhibitions of music, choreography, creative personnel, media and fandom. I also train undergraduate students to work as research assistants on the project.

I use CSAPhD to share and reflect on my activities and produce serial scholarship on other topics in order to make my professional work visible. I’m happy to speak to members of the media,  guest speak virtually in high school and college classrooms and give formal talks. Please use the form below to request.


PhD, American Studies, The College of William and Mary, 2000.

M.A., English, University of Virginia, 1994.

B.A., English, University of Richmond, 1992.


Assistant Director, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and Affiliate Associate Professor of English, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. 2018-present.

Affiliate Faculty, African and African American Studies, 2021-present

Affiliate Faculty, School of Art, 2022-present

Affiliate Faculty, Modern and Classical Languages, 2020-21

Director, Office of Student Research and Director, Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Longwood University, Farmville, VA. 2015-2018.

Research Scholar of Cultural Studies,  2017-2018

Associate Professor of English, 2015-2017

Associate Professor, English Department,  Elon University, Elon, NC. 2008-2015.

Academic Diversity Fellow, Elon University, 2010-2014.

Assistant Professor, American Studies Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 2005-2008.

Director of Undergraduate Studies, American Studies Department, 2006-2008

Assistant Professor, English Department, Ohio University, Athens, OH. 2001-2005.

Minority Honors Fellow, Honors Program, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA. 1999-2001.


Editorial board member, American Studies, 2012-present.

Editorial board member, Journal of Romance Studies, 2013-present.

Editorial board member, Asian Communication Research. 2015-2021.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Greetings Dr. Anderson!

    You are doing some fine work, the scholarship of which is very thoughtful and in-depth.

    Richard Ripani


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