Minjung Noh Ph.D. is a religious studies scholar with a transnational and interdisciplinary method, specializing in the confluences of religious cultures between South Korea, Haiti, and the United States. Her work to date spans Korean religions, comparative ethnic and gender studies, and transnational Christianity. She has held previous positions at Drew Theological School (Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Christianity and Gender Studies, 2021-2023), Wartburg College (Visiting Assistant Professor of World Religions, 2019-2020) and Temple University (Instructor of record, 2016-2021). Her research has been published in Journal of Korean Religions, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and Religion, State & Society. Her current book project "Transnational Salvations: Korean Women Missionaries in Haiti" is the first monograph that investigates the multidirectional religious dynamics between South Korea, USA, and Haiti through the angle of the evangelical missionary network built between these three nation-states.
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Transnational Salvations: Korean Women Missionaries in Haiti
2023 “좀비의 여정: 아프리카 디아스포라에서 한국으로 (A Journey of Zombie: From African Diaspora to South Korea),” 종교문화비평 (The Critical Review of Religion and Culture) 43(1). KCI (Korea Citation Index) Accredited, Peer-reviewed Journal, ISSN: 1739-0540. Publication in Korean
2022 With Kin Cheung, “COVID-19 and Limits of Secularism in South Korea: The Devil in Patient 31.” Religion, State & Society 50.3 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1080/09637494.2022.2096996
2020 "The Hybrid Aesthetics of Korean Evangelical Christianity.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 55.4 (2020). muse.jhu.edu/article/782075.
2020 “Parasite as Parable: Bong Joon-Ho’s Cinematic Capitalism,” CrossCurrents 70.2 (2020) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/cros.1243
2017 “Protestant Newspapers in late Nineteenth-Century Korean Protestant Community: The Korean Christian Advocate and The Christian News,” Journal of Korean Religions 8.2 (2017) DOI: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/678332
In Press “Race and Protestant Christianity in Haiti: the nineteenth century colorism and beyond” In Evangelicals, Catholics, and Vodouizan in Haiti. Edited by Celucien L. Joseph and Lewis A. Clormeus. Bloomsbury Publishing.
In Press “Teaching Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015): Toward an Antiracist Transnational Asian Studies Pedagogy” In Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic Volume II. Edited by David Kenley and Association for Asian Studies. Columbia University Press.
2021 “Implementing Interreligious Dialogue: A Solution for International Challenges? (Universal Peace Federation / 2005 - 2009)” In Talking Dialogue: Eleven Episodes in the History of the Modern Interreligious Dialogue Movement. Edited by Karsten Lehmann. De Gruyter, pp. 327-352. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110529173-012
2021 “Understanding South Korea’s Religious Landscape, Patient 31, and COVID-19 Exceptionalism.” Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic. Edited by David Kenley and Association for Asian Studies. Columbia University Press, pp. 31-40.
2020 “Embodied Aesthetics and Transnational Korean Protestant Christianity.” In Explorations in Protestant Aesthetics. Edited by Sarah Covington and Kathryn Reklis, Routledge. pp. 265-280.
2019 With C. Pierce Salguero, “We Need to Balance Out the Boisterous Spirits and Gods”: Buddhism in the Healing Practice of a Contemporary Korean Shaman” In Buddhism & Medicine: An Anthology Vol 2: Modern and Contemporary Voices. Edited by C. Pierce Salguero, Columbia University Press. pp. 252-263.
MEDIA & PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP
2023-2024 Cohort, “Religion and Racial Justice: Expanding the Moral Imaginary Through Film” at Episcopal Divinity School, New York City.
Interview featured in “How Netflix's 'Beef' nailed the Korean American evangelical experience,” NBC News, April 12, 2023. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/netflixs-beef-nailed-korean-american-evangelical-experience-rcna79353
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
2022 Karen McCarthy Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, Graduate Division of Religion Student Association, Drew Theological School, Madison, NJ.
2021 – 2023 Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, Louisville Institute, Louisville, KY.
2020 – 2021 Advanced Graduate Scholar Fellow, The Center for Humanities at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
2018 – 2019 Louisville Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Louisville Institute, Louisville, KY.