David K. Yoo - Asian American Studies
(Appointed Winter 2010)
David K. Yoo is Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA. A historian of the United States, Dr. Yoo is author of Growing Up Nisei (2000) in which he examines issues of race, generation, and culture among Japanese Americans in California in the early decades of the twentieth century. Recently released is his book from Stanford University Press entitled Contentious Spirits (2010) that focuses on the role of religion in Korean American history, 1903-1945. In addition, Professor Yoo has co-edited and co-authored three books dealing with Asian American religions, including the influential anthology, New Spiritual Homes (1999). His numerous journal articles and book chapters have appeared in venues like the American Quarterly and Amerasia Journal. Prior to his arrival at UCLA, he taught at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Colleges, where he served as chair of the Department of History and the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies. A native of Los Angeles, Professor Yoo received his graduate education at Yale University in American Studies and History.
Professor Yoo has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar (Korea) and a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, and the Huntington Library. He has collaborated on various research projects funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Social Science Research Council, and the Lilly Endowment. Professor Yoo has served on many professional and community-based boards, including election to the council of the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, and chair of the managing board of the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative. In the realm of public history, Professor Yoo has been a consultant to local museums and historical societies and guided students in conducting oral history interviews.