Crystal S. Anderson

Crystal S. Anderson

Crystal S. Anderson

Assistant Director, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

Korean: Media studies, popular culture, popular music, visual culture, literature and audience and fan reception

Crystal S. Anderson (PhD) works within the fields of transnational American Studies and Global Asias, focusing on African American, Asian and Asian American cultures in popular culture, media studies, visual culture, audience reception and literature. Her 2020 book (to be released in September), Soul in Seoul: African American Music and K-pop, explores the impact of African American popular music on contemporary Korean pop, R&B and hip-hop and the role of global fans as the music press. Her 2013 book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production, uses the films of Bruce Lee to interpret cross-cultural dynamics in post-1990 novels, films and anime. She has published articles on Afro-Asian cultural studies in several journals including African American Review, MELUS, Ethnic Studies Review and Extrapolation as well as book chapters on masculinity in K-pop and Afro-Japanese representation in art. Moreover, she also manages several digital humanities projects, including KPK: Kpop Kollective, the oldest and only aca-fansite for K-pop, and KPOPCULTURE, a digital humanities project that which organizes information about K-pop music, choreography, creative personnel, fandom and media.  

Current Research

KPOPCULTURE: Curates modern Korean popular music (K-pop) through digital exhibits on music, industry, fandom and choreography using Omeka, a web-based content management system.  Develops and implements research training programs for student research assistants. 

Selected Publications



Soul in Seoul: Black Popular Music and K-pop. September 2020, University of Mississippi Press.

Beyond ‘The Chinese Connection’: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2013.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

 “The Afro-Asiatic Floating World: Post-Soul Implications of the Art of iona rozeal brown.”  African American Review 41.4 (2007): 655-666.

 “These—Are—the ‘Breaks’: A Roundtable Discussion on Teaching the Post-Soul Aesthetic.” African American Review 41.4 (2007): 787-804.

 “ ‘The Girl Isn’t White’:  New Racial Dimensions in Octavia Butler’s Survivor.”  Extrapolation 47.1 (2006): 35-50.

 “Racial Discourse and Black-Japanese Dynamics in Ishmael Reed’s Japanese by Spring.” MELUS 29. 3/4 (2004): 379-396.

 “Chinatown Black Tigers: Black Masculinity and Chinese Heroism in Frank Chin’s Gunga Din Highway.” Ethnic Studies Review 26.1 (2003): 67-86.


Edited Collections

 “Hybrid Hallyu: The African American Music Tradition in K-pop.” Global Asian American Popular Culture. Ed. Tasha Oren, Shilpa Dave and Leilani Nishime. New York: New York University Press, 2016. 290-303.

 “Urban Geishas: Reading Race and Gender in iROZEALb’s Paintings.” Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone. Ed. William H. Bridges IV and Nina Cornyetz. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015. 31-44.

 “HallyU.S.A: America’s Impact on The Korean Wave.” The Global Impact of South Korean Popular Culture. Ed. Valentina Marinescu. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. 123-134.

 “That’s My Man!: Overlapping Masculinities in Korean Popular Music.” The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context. Ed. Yasue Kuwahara. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. 117-132.

Anderson, Crystal S. and Doobo Shim, eds. Special Issue on K-pop and K-drama Fandoms, Journal of Fan Studies, 2014.

 “When Were We Colored?: Blacks, Asians and Racial Discourse.” Blacks and Asians: Crossings, Conflict and Commonality. Ed. Hazel McFerson. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2006. 59-77.  

 “Panthers and Dragons on the Page: The Afro-Asian Dynamic in The Black Aesthetic.”  The Black Urban Community:  From Dusk ‘Till Dawn. Ed. Gayle T. Tate and Lewis A. Randolph. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006. 427-437.


Courses Taught

George Mason University: KORE 320 Korean Popular Culture (Fall 2020)

Longwood University: COMM 345 Media Globalization

Student Research: De’Siree Fairley. “The Weight of Fan Labor on Johnny’s Fans.” 2017-18.

Elon University: ENG 255 Historical Asian Fiction and Film, ENG 337 Asian Literature of Social Change, GST 239 The Korean Wave

Student Research: Michelle Brew Baxter. “Transnational Masculinity in the Korean Male Idol Group SHINee.” 2011.

University of Kansas: AMS 550 The Transnational, AMS 550 Comparative Ethnic Studies

Student Research:

  • Christie Guenther.  “Japanese and White Americans in the United States.” 2007.

  • Cynthia Henry. “Is Globalization the Answer to America’s Problems?” 2007.

  • Emily Cummings. “Japanese Hybridity.” 2006.


Ph.D., American Studies, The College of William and Mary, 2000.

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

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

Recent Presentations

“From Big Mama to Mamamoo: The Reverberation of R&B Vocals in K-pop Girl Groups.” Presentation at the 27th Annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities, George Washington University, 2019.

“ ‘U Go Girl’: Transcultural Fandom and K-pop Girl Groups.” Paper presented at the International Communication Studies Conference, Washington, DC, 2019.

“Funky Divas: Transnational Femininities and K-pop and R&B Girl Groups.” Presentation at MoPOP Pop Conference, Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA, 2017.

“Sharing Sonic Homes: K-pop, Citational Practices and Black Popular Music.” Presentation at the American Studies Association Conference, Denver, CO, November 2016.

“Listen to the Music: K-pop, Black Music and Citational Practices.” Paper presented at NCORE: 28th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Washington, DC, May, 2015.