A member of the History and American Studies Department, Dr. Moon is an expert in the history of U.S. immigration and ethnicity. During her five years at UMW, she has taught 14 separate classes and has broadened the curriculum at the university in crucial ways. Due to her focus on immigration and Chicano/Latino and Asian American studies, she has enlarged the repertoire of methodological approaches that students now use, as well as the diversity of content they study.
Richard Finkelstein, dean of UMW’s College of Arts and Sciences, said that Moon helps students recognize that important insights can be obtained by using innovative methods to examine the structures of everyday life.
As director of American Studies, Moon has brought an increasing number of faculty into the interdisciplinary program that enables students to explore the complex interactions of peoples, cultures, social structures and political institutions that have shaped the development of this country. She has spearheaded a revision of the American Studies curriculum and built a strong bond between students and faculty
Dr. Moon has also built a nationally respected reputation in her field of research. She is the author of Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s and her articles have appeared in key journals across a range of disciplines, including ethnic history, American musicology and African-American history.
She received a doctorate and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. Before coming to UMW, she spent four years teaching at Georgia State University.
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