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Christina Klein

english department

Christina Klein

Associate Professor
Director, M.A. Program

B.A., Wesleyan University, 1986                                  
Ph.D., Yale University, 1997

Stokes Hall S479
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3743
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Christina Klein’s interdisciplinary and transnational research focuses on America’s cultural encounters with Asia during the Cold War. She earned her B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale. She teaches courses in American Studies methodology, Korean and contemporary Asian cinemas, Hollywood film, and American immigrant fictions. She is a member of the American Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Film Studies faculty.

Her first book, Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945–1961 (2003), examines popular American representations of Asia in relation to U.S. foreign policy. Her current project, Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style and Public Culture in 1950s Korean Cinema, explores the impact of the U.S. military presence and American cultural diplomacy efforts on postwar Korean film style, with a focus on the work of Han Hyung-mo. Her articles and reviews have been published in academic journals in numerous disciplines.

Prof. Klein regularly shares her research with audiences beyond the academy. Her critical journalism on contemporary cinema has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Herald, and the Calcutta Telegraph. She has presented workshops on Cold War history for high school teachers via the National Humanities Center and the Chicago Humanities Council, and delivered public lectures on Asian cinema at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has discussed martial arts films and Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals on BBC radio, Chicago Public Radio, and Canadian radio.

Prof. Klein was awarded fellowships from Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002. She was the Mitsui Career Development Professor at MIT (2003-2005), where she taught before coming to Boston College. She is a member of the “Beyond the Korean War Project” (2011-2016), an international cultural history research project that is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies and hosted at Cambridge University.



Articles and Book Chapters

Publications – Critical Journalism

Publications – Book Reviews

  • Review of Scott Laderman, Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory, inSojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 26.1 (2011) (Singapore); (online publication, H-Diplo, 2010)
  • Review of Hollywood Chinese, in Journal of American History 97.1, June 2010
  • Review of Antoinette Burton, The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau, in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 9.2 (2008).
  • Review of Karen J. Leong, The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism, in Journal of American History 93.1 (2006): 261.
  • Review of Yale Richmond, Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain, in American Studies 45.1 (2004): 168-169.
  • Review of Melani McAlister, Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000, in Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres No. 18 (2003): 345-349.
  • Review of Toby Miller et al., Global Hollywood and Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media, in American Literature 75.2 (2003): 456-458.


"Transnational U.S.-Asian Cinema: The Case of Tekkon Kinkreet," Comparative Media Studies Program, MIT


 “Symposium & Retrospective: Ang Lee and the Art of Transnational Cinema,” Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University


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