Crystal S. Anderson, PhD
Assistant Director of Teaching Excellence, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and Affiliate Faculty, Korean Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages | George Mason University
Director, KPK: Kpop Kollective, the oldest and only aca-fansite for contemporary Korean popular music
Project Manager, KPOPCULTURE digital humanities project
Welcome to CSAPhD, a window into my professional life as an administrative faculty member. I work with faculty on various teaching and learning-related initiatives (i.e. I teach faculty), including active learning, high impact practices and using technology in teaching. In addition to administration, I also teach and engage in scholarship. I use this site to share and reflect on my activities and produce serial scholarship on other topics in order to make my professional activities visible.
Drawing on 25 years of university teaching, I have taught a range of interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate courses. Some of my favorites have been Historical Asian Fiction and Film, Modernism, Visual Culture and the Harlem Renaissance, The Atlantic World, The Post-Soul Aesthetic, Media Globalization and The Korean Wave.
As a researcher with an international reputation, I focus on transnational American Studies, Black Internationalism and Global Asias. My scholarship focuses 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 journal articles and book chapters, I have written two scholarly books. 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. Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-pop (2020, University of Mississippi Press), examines the influence of genres of R&B on Korean popular music, or K-pop.
Because I want to extend my scholarship beyond academia, I engage in public scholarship through several digital humanities projects and digital writing. KPK: KPop Kollective (est. 2010) is the oldest and only aca-fansite for contemporary Korean popular music (K-pop). 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’m happy to speak to members of the media, guest speak in high school and college classrooms via Skype and give formal talks. Please use the form below to request.