Assistant Professor of Social Justice and Cultural Studies
B.A., Oberlin College, 1996
M.A., Goldsmith College, University of London, 2000
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2008
Office: Marston 221
Ji-Young Um received her PhD in English from the University of Washington and has taught courses in American literary and cultural studies at a number of institutions before coming to Seattle Pacific University, including Seattle Central College, Scripps College, and Williams College. Dr. Um’s areas of teaching and research include: American culture and U.S. wars in Asia/Pacific, U.S. multiethnic literature, race in media and popular culture, and Asian American literature, among other topics.
As an undergraduate (at Oberlin College, Ohio), Dr. Um came to understand that production of knowledge is always implicated in relations of power, through studying postcolonial literature and theory. She also became involved in the activist Asian American and Third World coalition student communities at this time, and in advocacy work towards a more inclusive and transformative curriculum and for retention of faculty of color. These experiences led her to pursue graduate work in literary and cultural studies, and she aims to continue working towards a more ethical and just models for teaching, writing, and learning.
Dr. Um is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has forsaken the northeast in favor of the West Coast and isn’t looking back. She reads mystery novels in between terms and is happy to receive or share any recommendations.