I am a scholar of the modern United States and its relations with the world, particularly Northeast Asia. My work engages global comparative themes of U.S. and global power and culture, political protest, and capitalism. My current interests include the intellectual history of internationalism, Cold War politics and protest, empire and Third World decolonization, race and migration, and the political and cultural formation of capitalism—including its contemporary manifestations in the U.S., Asia, and Latin America.
My current book project, Worlds Unseen: Henry Wallace, Herbert Hoover, and the Making of Cold War America, a finalist for the Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize from the Society of American Historians, provides a new intellectual and political history of the Cold War from the perspective of its most prominent American dissenters and their larger political movements in the U.S. and other parts of the world: New Deal liberal and Progressive Party leader Henry Wallace and former U.S. president and Republican Party statesman Herbert Hoover. I am pursuing two other projects which address transpacific Korean and Korean American politics and diaspora and the post-World War II development of multinational finance and industry. Based on this work, which has been supported by the American Historical Association, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and other organizations, I have published articles in Pacific Historical Review, Diplomatic History, and a forthcoming state-of-the-field volume on Korean American studies from Brill Publishers. In addition, I remain committed to scholarly interventions in public discourse as a socially engaged intellectual. I have written on history, popular culture, and public and international affairs for The Nation, The Progressive, The Village Voice, Far Eastern Economic Review, South China Morning Post, and other publications.
My teaching is dynamically and productively entwined with my scholarly interests. At Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Washington, I have taught an array of historical and interdisciplinary courses in U.S. and international affairs in comparative contexts. Spanning spaces from the Americas and Africa to Europe and Asia, topics from international development and popular protest to empire and global capitalism, and disciplinary approaches from history and journalism to anthropology and cultural studies, my courses aim at awakening students’ critical consciousnesses and honing their methodological skills in ways that mobilize them for transformative academic and professional careers beyond the classroom. For my teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, I received the Centennial Teaching Award from the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.