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Crystal Mun-Hye Baik Crystal Mun-Hye Baik
Assistant Professor


My fields of expertise are Korean/American cultural history, U.S. militarization, visual culture, memory studies, and decolonization. I received my B.A. in History and Gender Studies from Williams College, a Masters in Oral History from Columbia University, and my Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California (USC), where I was an active member of the Center for Transpacific Studies and the Indigeneity and Decolonial Research Cluster. My research and teaching focus on the enmeshment of Japanese and U.S. imperialisms in the making of a contemporary Korean diaspora. Specifically I am interested in how transnational subjects, through visual platforms such as filmmaking, performance, and social media, imagine a decolonized Korea and Pacific. Currently, I am working on a book manuscript that tackles how Korean transnational visual artists, undocumented students, social activists, and other actors (1989 to present) mobilize visual works to conceptualize a decolonial aesthetic sensibility, praxis, and epistemology. Such works, I argue, gesture to the precarious conditions propelling the twentieth century formation of a Korean diaspora across Asia, the Pacific and Oceania, and the entanglement of Korean subjects in the consolidation of settler colonial regimes, including the U.S. state.

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Korean Transnational History
  • Asian/American Visual Culture
  • Phenomenology
  • U.S. Militarization, Japanese Imperialism
  • Critical Memory Studies
  • Settler Colonialism and Decolonization
  • Oral History Method and Praxis

Select Publications:

"Unfaithful Returns: Reiterations of Dissent, U.S.-Korean Militarized Debt, and the Architecture of Violent Freedom." Journal of Asian American Studies (Forthcoming, February 2015)

"Book Review, Bolivia's Radical Tradition: Permanent Revolution in the Andes By S. Sándor John." The Oral History Review Volume 39 Issue 1 (Winter-Spring 2012): 112-114.


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