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David Oh

Associate Professor in Communication Arts
Ramapo College of New Jersey


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Mass Communications Mass Communications ( Syracuse University )

Discipline Area

Arts & Humanities

Societal Priority

Media, Communications, & Public Opinion

Social Category Focus

Race & Ethnicity


David Oh is an associate professor of communication arts at Syracusee University. He is the author of Second-Generation Korean American Adolescent Identity and Media: Diasporic Identifications, Whitewashing the Movies: White Subjectivity and Asian Erasure in U.S. Film Culture, and Navigating White News: Asian American Journalists at Work. He has also written several articles on Asian/American representation vis-a-vis Whiteness, Asian American identity and media, intersectional representations of multiculturalism in South Korean popular media, and transnational audience reception of Korean media. Dr. Oh was a Fulbright senior scholar in South Korea in 2018-19, has given talks at universities in the U.S., South Korea, Canada, Macau, and Indonesia, and serves on several editorial boards in communication and cultural studies.

Current Work

Dr. Oh's research explores three major areas. First, he studies Asian American representations in U.S. popular culture as well as the ways that Asian Americans create their identities through media representation. Second, he studies the ways audiences' racial and ethnic identities shape their interpretation of Korean media. This includes Korean American diasporas and the ways Korean matter in the construction of their identities. Third, Dr. Oh studies ing in Korean popular culture. His most recently published examines "whitewashing" in recent US films, and his current book project analyzes Asian American reporters and how the ways they identify as Asian American matter toward their view of new practices, norms, and ethics. Dr. Oh's edited book on ing in Korean popular culture is currently in press.

Research Area Keyword(s)

Asian American mediated identity; Asian American representation; Korean American diaspora; South Korean popular culture; transnational audience reception