Krystyn Moon

Krystyn Moon
Professor and Program Director of American Studies
Office: Monroe 220
Phone: 540.654.1479


Krystyn Moon joined the faculty after four years at Georgia State University. Her Ph.D. is from Johns Hopkins University (2003) and her area of specialty is the history of US Immigration and Ethnicity. Her first book, Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s, was published in 2005.


  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University. 2002. History.
  • M.A., The Johns Hopkins University. 1999. History.
  • B.A., Pomona College. 1997. American Studies.
Courses Taught


HIST 396: History of Sexuality in America
HIST 471: Readings on the American Immigrant Experience


Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2005). Multimedia edition, American Council of Learned Societies History E-book Project, 2006.

“‘On a Temporary Basis’: Immigration and the American Entertainment Industry, 1880s-1930s,” Journal of American History (December 2012–forthcoming).

“The Quest for Music’s Origin at the St. Louis World’s Fair: Frances Densmore and the Racialization of Music,” American Music 28 (Summer 2010): 191-210.

“Paper Butterflies: Japanese Acrobats in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New England,” in Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community, ed. Monica Chiu (Lebanon, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 66-90.

“Lee Tung Foo and the Creation of a Chinese American Vaudevillian,” Journal of Asian American Studies, 8 (Feb. 2005): 23-48.

“‘There’s No Yellow in the Red, White, and Blue’: The Creation of Anti-Japanese Music during World War II,” Pacific Historical Review, 72 (Aug. 2003): 333-353.

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