CeeFuCrystal S. Anderson is Director of KPK: Kpop Kollective and  Associate Professor at Elon University. she conducts research in comparative cultural studies (African American, Asian, Asian American) focusing on literature, popular culture and visual culture. Currently, she is conducting research on global K-pop fans.


iFans: Mapping K-pop’s International Fandom is a series of qualitative studies on global fandom and a digital humanities project that aggregates and curates digital material generated by global online K-pop fan communities. All qualitative research has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board at Elon University, North Carolina, United States. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a research subject, you may contact the Chairman of the IRB, Stephen Bailey at baileys@elon.edu or 336-278-6431.  IRB Documentation: Korean Popular Music International Fanbases Project, Korean Drama International Audiences Project.

U.S. K-pop Fan Study

The U.S. K-pop Fan Study seeks to find out the attitudes and opinions of all K-pop fans living in the United States, especially African American, Asian American and U.S. Latino K-pop fans.

iFans Case Studies

While there are many global fans of K-pop, individual K-pop fandoms are not the same. The Fandom Case Studies seek to understand fan attitudes towards the groups they support and how individual fandoms differ from one another . It focuses on 12 groups, all of whom have global, active fanbases and represent a range of K-pop groups: Fans of multiple groups take the iFans Case Studies Survey. Fans who have a favorite group take an individual fandom survey, which asks in-depth questions about one of the following groups:

iFans: Digital Humanities Project

K-pop is a global phenomenon, but currently there is no resource that aggregates and curates  information on online K-pop communities.  The iFans site includes  digital tours and analysis of selected fansites and summarizes results from the qualitative surveys. that support 12 K-pop groups.

Hallyu K-pop Fans Study

The Hallyu Korean Popular Music Study seeks to understand fan attitudes toward K-pop in general.

Hallyu Korean Drama Survey

The Hallyu Korean Drama Survey seeks to understand fan attitudes towards Korean television drama (K-drama). Find out more about Dr. Anderson’s research mission here: