David K. Yoo


3336 Rolfe Hall
Box 957225
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Ph.D., Yale University, 1994
M.A., Yale University, 1990
M.Div., Princeton Seminary, 1988
B.A., magna cum laude, Claremont McKenna College

Areas of Interest

Asian American history, United States history, religion and Asian Americans.


David K. Yoo is Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA. 


  • Book, Contentious Spirits: Religion in Korean American History, 1903-1945 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010).
  • Book, Co-Editor (with Albert L. Park), Encountering Modernity (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2014)
  • Book, Co-Editor (with Ruth H. Chung), Religion and Spirituality in Korean America, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008).
  • Book, Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture Among Japanese Americans of California, 1924-1949 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000).
  • Book, Editor, New Spiritual Homes: Religion and Asian Americans (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999).
  • Book chapter, “Testing Assumptions: IQ, Japanese Americans, and the Model Minority Myth in the 1920s and 1930s,” in Sucheng Chan, ed.,Remapping Asian American History (Walnut Creek: Altamira Press, 2004), 69-85.


  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, Korea University
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities
  • UCLA Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Research Fellowship, Huntington Library
  • Faculty Fellowship, John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation