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EAP 2016-17 Distinguished Visiting Professor

Prof. Woo

The 2016-17 Distinguished Visiting Professor in Korean Studies is Professor Miseong Woo of the Department of English Language and Literature, Yonsei University. Professor Woo will be in residence from late August until mid-December.

She will be teaching a course "Korean Modernity and Popular Culture" (ASIAN 3377/6677; Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:25 PM – 2:40 PM) and participating in activities on the Cornell campus. 

Fall 2016 semester only.  ASIAN 3377 / ASIAN 6677

Miseong Woo received her MA and PhD degrees in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include race, gender, modernity in modern drama, the literary and visual history of Asian diaspora, and cultural encounters between East and West in popular culture.

In 2014, she published Representation of Asian Women in the West (Sam & Parkers), which won the Ministry of Education Award from the Korean government for promoting public knowledge in the field of humanities. She has also written several book chapters, including “Modernity, the Road Not Taken by Asian Women” in Modernity, Women, Narrative (2006) and “The Pioneer Writers of Asian Descent and America’s Early Literary Encounter with East Asia: Sui Sin Far's Mrs. Spring Fragrance and Onoto Watanna's A Japanese Nightingale” in Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context (2013). She is currently working on two new book manuscripts, Asian Masculinity in the West and Korean Modernity and Diasporic Sensibility of Displacement, which are government-subsidized research projects.

In recognition of her dedication to research and teaching, Professor Woo received the Fulbright Scholar Award in 2011 and has won Yonsei University’s Best Teacher Award ten times since she began her teaching career in 2000. From 2008-2011, she served as Chair of the American Studies Program at Yonsei University, and this year, she will be Yonsei University’s first faculty member to be selected for the East Asia Program’s Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Korean Studies at Cornell University.