Sooran Choi received her Ph.D. in art history from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York in 2018 with an emphasis on contemporary East Asian art (Korean art, with a secondary interest in Japanese and Chinese art), including non-Western art/visual cultures, global art history, post-war transnational networks in art, and post-colonial theories. As a work in progress, she is currently researching transnational exchanges between ecological and land art practices, which includes the South Korean Nature Art movement and its connection to counterpart Japanese and German ecological art movements in the 1990s. A topic which resonates with today’s current issues concerning climate change and the ecological damage it causes to the environment.
Choi’s interest in diverse art historical trajectories has crossed over into her teaching as an adjunct assistant professor at various campuses of the City University of New York and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) where she teaches art history. Her past scholarly writing has included a wide and eclectic range of topics in Asian art and cultural studies, such as East Asian artists in diaspora, alternative art spaces in South Korea, Gwangju Biennials, the Korean War Memorial in Battery Park (NYC), Japanese students at the Bauhaus, and the eroticism of Japanese Shunga art.