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David Yoo

Professor & Vice Provost, Institute of American Cultures


Contact Information

Email    dkyoo@ucla.edu
Office  3336 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-267-5592

David K. Yoo is Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA. A historian of the United States, Dr. Yoo is the lead editor for the recently published Oxford Handbook of Asian American History. He is the author and editor of seven books, including Contentious Spirits: Religion in Korean American History, 1903-1945. In addition, Professor Yoo has served as the senior editor of Amerasia Journal, and currently is a series editor for the University of Hawaii Press and the University of Illinois Press. Dr. Yoo previously taught at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Colleges, where he served as chairperson of both the Department of History and the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies.

Professor Yoo has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar (Korea) and a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, and the Huntington Library. He has been active in many professional organizations including the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, and the Association of Asian American Studies. Professor Yoo is also the recipient of the Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize at UCLA. His community involvement includes being on the boards of the Korean American Scholarship Foundation and the Little Tokyo Service Center.

A native of Los Angeles, Professor Yoo received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College, an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, and the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University in American Studies and History.


  • 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

Selected Publications

  • Book, Co-Editor (with Eiichiro Azuma), The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • 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).