Areum Jeong teaches Graduate Forum for Ph.D. students in the Department of Theater. She received her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in June 2015. She received an M.A. in performance studies from New York University and a B.A. in English Literature from Ewha W. University in Seoul, Korea. Her work takes a transnational approach to 20th and 21st-century Asian and Asian American cinema, theater and performance.
Jeong’s dissertation, “Performing Colonial Imagi-nation,” examines representations of national identity in live performance in Korea and the United States from early 20th century to the present. Her work focuses on how local cultural and political motifs are deployed as part of Korean national identity using intermedial performance strategies — performances that incorporate pre-filmed elements, often by projecting film or images into the background of a performance.