Dam Hee Kim (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Homepage) is an Assistant Professor of Communication. With her cross-disciplinary background in communication and business, Dam Hee Kim’s research focuses on the social, political and economic implications of individuals’ engagement with news and entertainment content in the evolving media environment. With an emphasis on social media, she investigates news sharing and political engagement. On media diversity, she empirically examines the normative claim that individuals who value and consume news from diverse viewpoints will become highly-aware and involved democratic citizens.
In addition, Dam Hee Kim explores the practical implications of media diversity policies as well as strategies in the news and entertainment industries. At the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in summer 2011, she examined the nexus among minority ownership, employment and content. Her on-going research topics involve social media strategies of news media outlets, specifically predicting user engagement, and brand extension strategies involving sequels across genres and adaptations in the U.S. and South Korea.
Overall, her work has earned her 11 research awards including two Top Paper awards from the AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) in 2021. Her work has appeared in Communication Research, Digital Journalism, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and New Media & Society among others.
At Arizona, Dam Hee Kim teaches courses on communication technology theory and mass media effects. At Michigan, she taught courses of her design, Social media practices: New vs. enduring principles and New media and the audience: Social, political, and economic engagement.