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Arissa Oh

assistant professor

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Telephone: 617-552-3799

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S345


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008

Fields of Interest

Twentieth-century United States; U.S. immigration and race; Asian-American history; family and kinship; Cold War social policy; gender

Academic Profile

Professor Oh’s current project examines the origins of the practice of Korean and international adoption. Her research and teaching interests include immigration and race in U.S. history, transnational Asian-American history, and Cold War social and political history.

Representative Publications

"The Historical Roots of the Evangelical Adoption Boom" October 11, 2013

“From War Waif to Ideal Immigrant: The Cold War Transformation of the Korean Orphan” Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Summer 2012): 34-55.

“A New Kind of Missionary Work: Christians, Christian Americanists, and the Adoption of Korean GI Babies, 1955-1961." Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 33, Nos. 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2005.