Susie Woo

Voice: 657-278-3625
Fax: 657-278-5820
Dept: 657-278-2441

Cal State University, Fullerton
American Studies
800 N. State College Blvd. GH-313
Fullerton, CA 92831

Susie  Woo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of American Studies


2009, Ph.D., Yale University

2002, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles

1995, B.A., University of California, Irvine


AMST 201 Introduction to American Studies

AMST 324 American Immigrant Cultures

AMST 395 California Cultures

AMST 401T Race in American Studies

AMST 445 The Cold War and American Culture

AMST 488 Race, Sex, and American Urban Cultures

AMST 502T Theorizing Race in American Studies


Framed by War: Korean Children and Women at the Crossroads of U.S. Empire  (New York: New York University Press,  2019).

“Transpacific Adoption: The Korean War, U.S. Missionaries, and Cold War Liberalism,” in Pacific America: Histories of Transoceanic Crossings, ed. Lon Kurashige (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2017).

“When Blood Won’t Tell: Integrated Transfusions and Shifting Foundations of Race in 1950s America,” American Studies Journal 55.4 (2017): pp. 5-28. (Winner of the Mid-America American Studies Association Stone-Suderman Prize for best essay in American Studies for 2017.)

“Imagining Kin: Cold War Sentimentalism and the Korean Children’s Choir,” American Quarterly 67:1 (March 2015): pp. 25-53.

Select Presentations

"Institutionalizing Race: Sociology and the Study of Japanese Brides at the University of Hawai’i," American Studies Association, Annual Meeting, November 2019.

“Cold War K-Pop: Korean Singers and Cultural Border Crossings in 1950s America,” CSUF Humanities and Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Conversations on Crossing Borders Lecture Series, May 2017.

“Making Bodies Whole: Korean Citizen Subjects in America’s Cold War Pacific,” Militarism and  Migration Conference, UC San Diego, April 2017.

“Korean Americans, Past and Present,” USC Korean Studies Institute Web Lecture Series, January 2014.


Spring 2022

Thursdays 11 am to 2 pm via Zoom; and by appointment

For Zoom link, email


 AMST 201: Introduction to American Studies

AMST 495/595: Internship in American Studies