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Seung-hoon Jeong

Seung-hoon Jeongis Assistant Professor in Film and Electronic Arts (Critical Studies: International Cinema) at California State University Long Beach. A former film critic in South Korea, he joined CSULB after working as an assistant professor at New York University Abu Dhabi and has held a visiting professorship at Columbia University and a few Korean universities. He has worked on film theory and critical issues through diverse films and focuses on global cinema related to multiculturalism, abjection, catastrophe, and networking with biopolitical, ethical, and psychoanalytic philosophies. Jeong received Korea’s Cine21 Film Criticism Award (2003) and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award (2012). He wrote Cinematic Interfaces: Film Theory after New Media(Routledge, 2013), co-translated Jacques Derrida’s Acts of Literature into Korean (Moonji, 2013), co-edited The Global Auteur: The Politics of Authorship in 21stCentury Cinema(Bloomsbury, 2016), guest-edited a special double issue of Studies in the Humanities, “Global East Asian Cinema: Abjection and Agency” (2019), co-edited Thomas Elsaesser’s posthumous book The Mind-Game Film: Distributed Agency, Time Travel, and Productive Pathology (Routledge, forthcoming in 2021) and is writing Global Cinema: A Biopolitical and Ethical Reframing (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2021). He has also published on diverse directors, including Werner Herzog, Peter Greenaway, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Bong Joon-ho, along with various topics such as the animal, female domination, the mind-game film, and Korean cinema. 



Jeong earned both his B.A. and M.A. in French Literature at Seoul National University and his Ph.D. with distinction in Film Studies and Comparative Literature at Yale University. 


Jeong has taught a variety of courses on film/media theory and American/world cinema and interdisciplinary themed seminars at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching at CSULB will center on critical studies of modern and contemporary films while expanding to emergent genres and topics such as the mind-game film, the cinema of catastrophe, interface culture, and posthumanism with a global scope.


Most of Jeong’s published works are accessible and downloadable on