Regular Faculty

Christine J Hong
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
    • Literature Department
  • Affiliations East Asian Studies, Feminist Studies Department, History of Art/Visual Culture, Cowell College, Legal Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-2920 (Office)
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  • Office Hours By Zoom appt.
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Courses Race, Labor, and Migration; Asian Americans in Law and Literature; The Black Pacific; Divided Memories in the Cold War Pacific Rim; Ethnic Studies in Theory, Praxis, and History; Human Rights in Theory: Racial Justice, Revolutionary Violence, and Decolonization; Haunted by the Korean War: Literature and Film of the Forgotten War; Los Angeles Circa 1992; The Nuclear Pacific; Race and Comics

Summary of Expertise

Transnational Asian American literature and cultural criticism; African American literature and black freedom studies; comparative ethnic studies; critical race theory; critical Korean studies; U.S. military empire in Asia and the Pacific; decolonization; human rights discourse; law and literature; comics 

Research Interests

Asian American literature and cultural criticism; African American literature and black freedom studies; Korean diasporic cultural production; Pacific Rim studies; postcolonial theory; comparative critical race studies; human rights; law and literature; narrative theory; film and visual studies

Biography, Education and Training

I am Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) and Literature. I direct the Center for Racial Justice at UC Santa Cruz, serve on the board of directors of the Korea Policy Institute, an independent research and educational institute, co-chair the UC Ethnic Studies Faculty Council, and co-edit the Critical Ethnic Studies journal. I am also a core member of the Ending the Korean War Teaching Collective and the Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism. My book, A Violent Peace: Race, Militarism, and Cultures of Democratization in Cold War Asia and the Pacific, was published by Stanford University Press in 2020. Along with Deann Borshay Liem, I co-directed the Legacies of the Korean War oral history project. I also guest-edited a two-volume thematic issue of Critical Asian Studies on Reframing North Korean Human Rights (2013-14); a special issue of positions: asia critique on The Unending Korean War (2015); and a forum of The Abusable Past on “White Terror, ‘Red’ Island: A People’s Archive of the Jeju 4.3 Uprising and Massacre.” 

Honors, Awards and Grants

2015-16 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

2014-15 Excellence in Teaching Award, Committee on Teaching, UC Santa Cruz

2013 California Council for the Humanities Community Stories Grant for "Legacies of the Korean War"

2011 Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity, UC Santa Cruz

2009 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities

2007-2009 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • “‘War Is the Force That Gives Us Meaning’: Militarized Queerness, Racial Masking, and Korean War Mascotry.” "The Afterlives of the Korean War." Centre for the Study of Korea annual symposium, University of Toronto, Fall 2014.
  • "The University as Contested Terrain: The Origins of Ethnic Studies and Resistance to Empire." "The Nuclear University and U.S. Power in the Pacific." UC Berkeley, Fall 2014.
  • "The Mirror of North Korean Human Rights: Technologies of Liberation, Technologies of War." Center for Korean Studies, SUNY Stony Brook, Fall 2013.
  • “The First Year of Peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Sixty Years of Unending Korean War panel. “Peoples of the Pacific: Confronting Militarization, Resource Theft, Globalization, and America’s ‘Pacific Pivot.’” Moana Nui Teach-In 2013. Oakland, Spring 2013.
  • Invited lecture. “International Conference on ‘Non-peace’ Structure and Culture on the Korean Peninsula: Dialogue between the Humanities and Social Sciences.” Institute of Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University, Summer 2012.
  • “Border-Crossing in the World Republic of Letters: South Korean and Korean American Rearguard Fictions of the Korean War.” Invited presentation. “Changing Boundaries and Reshaping Itineraries: An International Conference on Asian American Expressive Culture.” Beijing Foreign Studies University, Summer 2012.
  • “Pyongyang Lost: Counterintelligence and Deterritorializing Fictions of the ‘Forgotten War.’” “Solidarity and Trespasses: Cultural Formations of Cold War Cosmopolitanism in East Asia.” Association for Asian Studies annual conference. Toronto, Canada, Spring 2012.
  • “Double V Blueprint, Cold War Novel: Invisible Man and the ‘War Within the War.’” Invited lecture. First annual “Cabrillo Reads” lecture. Cabrillo College, Winter 2012.
  • “The Strange Afterlife of Jim Crow: Mixed-Race Politics in U.S. Military Ghettoes in Asia.” “Blurring the Color Line: Racial Soldiering and U.S. Militarism in the Cold War Pacific.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Fall 2010.
  • “The Undercommons of Critical Asian and Asian American Studies.” Plenary Panel on Asian American Activism and the Academy. Association of Asian American Studies Conference, invited lecture. Austin, TX, Spring 2010.
  • “Architectures of Grievance: Memorializing Wartime Ruin in North Korea and Viet Nam.” “transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix Symposium,” in conjunction with transPOP exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. UC Berkeley, Spring 2009.
  • “U.S. Extraterritoriality and Trans-Pacific Literature of the Camptown.” UC President’s Postdoctoral Retreat. UCLA Lake Arrowhead Center, Spring 2008.
  • “The Price of Liberation: Korea, the ‘Forgotten War,’ and the Cultural Politics of Debt.” Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Luncheon. UC Berkeley, Fall 2007.
  • “‘Freedom Cannot Be Legislated’: James Baldwin and the Russell Tribunal on Vietnam.” American Comparative Literature Association. Puebla, Mexico, Spring 2007.