Crystal S. Anderson
Assistant Director of Teaching Excellence | Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning | George Mason University
Affiliate Faculty, Korean Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages | George Mason University
Director, KPK: Kpop Kollective
Welcome to CSAPhD, a window into my professional life as an administrative faculty member. I spend my days doing a combination of faculty development, teaching and scholarship. I use this site to reflect on those activities and produce serial scholarship on other topics. My goal is to make my professional activities visible.
What does an administrative faculty member do? My main role in the university is administrative, working with faculty on various teaching and learning-related initiatives. In other words, I teach faculty! My current focus in on active learning and high impact practices, including student research.
In addition to teaching faculty, I still teach students, drawing on 20 years of university teaching 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 and, of course, The Korean Wave.
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 popular culture and visual culture, media studies, audience and reception studies, and literature, 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.
My forthcoming book, 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 modern Korean popular music (K-pop) through digital exhibitions of music, choreography and industry. I also train undergraduate students to work as research assistants on the project.
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