Soojin Chung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies
Director of Intercultural Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-4769
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 Perspectives
    ICS 431: Cross-cultural Immersion

  • 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
    "Baptists, Global Christianity, and the Christian Tradition," in Baptists and the Christian Tradition. B&H Academic, forthcoming.
    “Civilization or Christianization: Female Missionaries’ Controversies and Contributions in East Asia,” in Theory in Practice: Case Studies in Missiology. First Fruits Press, 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.
    “South Korea” in World Christian Encyclopedia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press.

    Conference Papers and Lectures
    "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