Meet the 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow
Areas of study / specialization
Music diplomacy, Global and transnational music history, Cold War studies, Critical race studies, and Music in East Asia
- Ph.D., The Ohio State University
- MA, Korea National University of the Arts
- BA, Korea National University of the Arts
Parks’ research addresses the circulation of American music in East Asia during the 20th century. A common thread running through my research projects is an interest in exploring music in trans-Pacific racial politics between the United States and East Asian powers. Methodologically, my research emphasizes an ethnographic approach to historical records to better understand contextual details of musical entanglement among past different cultures.
- “History of Western Music II,” Spring 2021
- “World Music,” Fall 2020; Spring 2021
- “Music in Afro-Asian Encounters (proseminar),” Spring 2020
- “Graduate Music History Survey,” Fall 2019
Parks’ book, Solidarity across the Color Line: Music in African American Encounters with East Asia, 1904-1966, explores the role of music in US-East Asian relations. Taking a comparative approach, this book investigates how diplomatic relations have led to the wide circulation of African American music and have marked racial and class differences in East Asia.