Welcome to CSAPhD, featuring the professional life of Crystal S. Anderson! I am Director of the Office of Student Research and Research Scholar of Cultural Studies at Longwood University (USA).  I am also Director of KPK: KPop Kollective, the oldest and only aca-fansite for modern Korean popular music (K-pop). I’m happy to be a guest in high school and college classrooms via Skype. Please requests for speaking engagements and classroom visits to csaphd5@gmail.com or andersoncs2@longwood.edu.

Professional Experience

2017-present.    Director, Office of Student Research and Research Scholar of Cultural Studies, Longwood University, Farmville, VA.

2015-2017.         Director, Office of Student Research and Associate Professor of English, Longwood University, Farmville, VA.

2008-2015.         Associate Professor, English Department, Elon University, Elon, NC.

2005-2008.         Assistant Professor, American Studies Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

2001-2005.         Assistant Professor, English Department, Ohio University, Athens, OH.

1999-2001.         Minority Honors Fellow, Honors Program, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA.

Traditional Scholarship

My work fits best within transnational American Studies and global Asias contexts.  I focus on African American, Asian and Asian American cultures in popular culture and audience and reception studies.  My 2013 book, Beyond the Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production (University of Mississippi Press).  I am currently working on the manuscript, Soul in Seoul: Black Popular Music and K-pop (under contract with University of Mississippi Press).  You can view my journal articles and book chapters here.

Digital Scholarship

Because much of this scholarship requires readers to purchase a publication or pay for access,  I also publish my some of my scholarly work on the Internet to make my scholarship more accessible to the public.  To read my most recent work, click on the folder on the sidebar.

KPK: Kpop Kollective

KPK: Kpop Kollective is the oldest and only aca-fansite for modern Korean popular music (K-pop). Established in 2010, it has developed into a community of practice  and a thematic research collection centered on K-pop. Members are also active scholars and aca-fans who work on individual scholarly projects related to Hallyu, a contemporary Korean cultural movement. Kpop Kollective promotes the public’s understanding of contemporary Korean popular culture, creates resources and provides analysis and context on K-pop from a global perspective.


KPOPCULTURE is a digital humanities project that curates modern Korean popular music (K-pop) through digital exhibitions of music, choreography and industry.

iFans: Kpop Global Fandom

iFans: Kpop Global Fandom is a project site that examines K-pop fandom through qualitative surveys and curation of fan production.

Digital Writing

High Yellow, a blog on Asian popular culture, including K-pop, K-drama, anime and East Asian film

Digital Writing Portfolio






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