I am a digital media scholar who is interested in how members of the online public socialize, make sense of the world, and engage with civic and political affairs. I am a U.S.-Korea NextGen scholar (2020-2021) selected by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (through the sponsorship of the Korean Foundation). Some of my research has also been supported by the Department of Defense - Army Research Office, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory).
Since the beginning of my academic career, I have produced 50+ peer-reviewed articles and delivered 60+ presentations. Some of the awards I received include: Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award (3rd place) from the International Communication Association (ICA); Kappa Tao Alpha Research Award from National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication, Emerging Scholars Award and Jung-Sook Lee Award from the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC); and Top Four Paper Award from National Communication Association (NCA).
In 2019 and 2020, I participated in Facebook’s stakeholder engagement program (an invitation-basis) to offer my opinions on its content policies; and served on the Korean Press Foundation’s advisory committee for developing the newest version (2020) of media use research guidelines in South Korea. For public media presence, I appeared on KJZZ’s The Show (the local NPR affiliate in Arizona) for an interview about polling and social media.