Soojin Chung, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies
Director of Intercultural Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-4769
E-mail: schung@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center B210
Office Hours: By appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Global Christianity Boston University 2018
M.Div. Theology Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 2012
B.A. Religious Studies University of Virginia 2008
  • Additional Education

    Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies

  • Courses Taught

    ICS 105: Introduction to Global Studies
    ICS 305: Global Christianity
    ICS 430: Intercultural Communication

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Journals
    "Mother of Transracial Adoption: Pearl Buck's Special Needs Adoption and American Self-Criticism," Studies in World Christianity, forthcoming.
    “Missiology of Pearl S. Buck.” International Bulletin of Mission Research (April 2017).
    “Transnational Adoption: A Noble Cause? Female Missionaries as Pioneers of Transnational Adoption, 1945-1965.” Evangelical Missions Quarterly (October 2016).

    Book Chapter
    "Asian Americans and Christianity in North America," in Bloomsbury Religion in North America. Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming.
    "Baptists, Global Christianity, and the Christian Tradition," in Baptists and the Christian Tradition. B&H Academic, forthcoming.

    Encyclopedia Articles
    “Japan” in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, May 2018.
    “Ministry to Children in Asia” in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, May 2018.
    “Poor, Poverty – World Christianity” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR). Berlin: De Gruyter, in press.
    “Race and Ethnicity – World Christianity” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR). Berlin: De Gruyter, in press.
    "Minjung Theology – World Christianity" in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR). Berlin: De Gruyter, in press.
    “South Korea” in World Christian Encyclopedia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press.

    Conference Papers and Lectures
    "Possibilities and Limits of Christian Humanitarianism"
    American Society of Church History, Panel Organizer
    New York, NY. January 3-6, 2020

    "What Americans Left Behind: Christian Adoption and US-Korea Relations, 1945-1955"
    UCLA Im Conference of Korean Christianity
    Los Angeles, CA. April 26-27, 2019

    “The Role of Christian Adoption Narratives in the Changing American Racial Landscape”
    American Society of Church History
    Chicago, IL. January 3-6, 2019

    "Hero or Villain: The Holts and the Korean Adoption Boom, 1955-60"
    UCLA Center for Korean Studies, Guest Speaker
    Los Angeles, CA. October 10, 2018

    “Indigenization or Syncretism? Term Question in Korean Christianity”
    Asian-American Religions, Guest Speaker
    UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, February 20, 2018

    “Theology of Adoption: Pearl Buck’s Anti-Racism Propaganda and American Self-Criticism”
    Conference on the History and Practices of International Adoptions
    University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany. November 17-18, 2017

    “Children and Mission: Historical Case Studies”
    American Society of Missiology, Panel Organizer
    Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, June 16-18, 2017

    “Asian Theology: Marginality, Identity, and Story-Telling”
    Global Christianity, Guest Lecturer
    Gordon College, South Hamilton, MA. April 11, 2017

    “The Inception of International Adoption, 1948-1955”
    New England Historical Association
    Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. April 23, 2016

    “Younghill Kang: The Pioneer of Korean American Literature”
    Korean Diaspora Project Annual Meeting
    Boston University, Boston, MA. April 21, 2016

    “Mission and Motherhood: Female Missionaries as Pioneers of Transnational Adoption”
    The New England Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion
    Boston College, Boston, MA. April 2, 2016

    “Woman’s Work for Woman: The Controversial Role of Female Missionaries, 1885-1945”
    The Annual Orlando E. Costas Consultation on World Mission and Ecumenism
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. February 26, 2016

    “Early Korean Missionary Reflections on Shamanism, 1877-1910”
    Graduate Student Conference
    Boston University, Boston, MA. November 14, 2015

    “Shamanism’s Influence on Korean Christianity”
    Yale-Edinburgh Conference on the History of World Christianity
    Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT. June 25-27, 2015

    “The Role of Female Missionaries in Advancement of Korean Women’s Social Status”
    Evangelical Missiological Society
    Flushing, NY. March 28, 2015