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David Yoo

Professor & Vice Provost


Contact Information

Email    dkyoo@ucla.edu
Office  5337 Bunche
Phone  310-267-5592

A social historian of the United States, Dr. Yoo is the lead editor for the Oxford Handbook of Asian American History. He is the author and editor of eight 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 an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. He has also been a recipient of fellowships from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, the Huntington Library and the UCLA Institute of American Cultures. Professor Yoo was awarded the Hoshide Distinguished Teaching Prize at UCLA. His community involvement includes serving on the board of the Korean American Scholarship Foundation.


Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Yale University

M.Div. Princeton Seminary

B.A. magna cum laude, Claremont McKenna College


  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, Korea University
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership
  • UCLA Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Research Fellowship, Huntington Library
  • Faculty Fellowship, John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation


  • National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (Principal Investigator)

Selected Publications

  • David K. Yoo and Khyati Y. Joshi, eds., Envisioning Religion, Race, and Asian Americans (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2020).
  • David K. Yoo, Pamela Grieman, Charlene Villasenor Black, Danielle Dupuy, and Arnold Pan, eds., Knowledge for Justice: An Ethnic Studies Reader (Los Angeles: UCLA American Indian Studies Center Press, Asian American Studies Center Press, Chicano Studies Research Center Press, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, 2019).
  • David K. Yoo and Eiichiro Azuma, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Albert L. Park and David K. Yoo, eds., Encountering Modernity (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2014)
  • David K. Yoo, Contentious Spirits: Religion in Korean American History, 1903-1945 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010).
  • David K. Yoo and Ruth H. Chung, eds.,Religion and Spirituality in Korean America, (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008).
  • David K. Yoo, Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture Among Japanese Americans of California, 1924-1949 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000).
  • David K. Yoo, ed., New Spiritual Homes: Religion and Asian Americans (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999).