- PhD in Mass Communication at Indiana University
- MTESL in Teaching English as a Second Language at Arizona State University
- MA in Communication, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University
Courses Taught at SICE
- Z516 Human-Computer Interaction
- Z542 International Information Issues
- Z604 Social and Organizational Informatics of Social Media
- Z604 Information Use through Social Media
My research has focused on understanding how individuals use new media technologies to make sense of both the political landscape and the wider information environment. I have an additional specialization in social informatics, the study of the social aspects of computerization. My recent research projects exmaine how young citizens learn about public affairs and broad politics using new media technologies, particularly in the U.S. and South Korea. These studies primarily explore the role information technology plays in creating informed citizens, with added focus on the psychology and culture of digital media users.
Focused in these areas, I teach graduate courses on Human-Computer Interaction and Informatics of Social Media in the Information and Library Science (ILS) Department at School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE). In 2016, I was nominated by a graduating student for SPECIAL RECOGNITION for having made a significant difference for the student’s journey through SICE (Celebration of Women in SICE, March 30, 2016).
I previously worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., where I coauthored an article on the digital divide in Korea with senior economist Catherine Mann. This article expanded on my master’s thesis from Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology Program. At Georgetown, I developed an interest in the social sciences. Prior to this experience, my interest in the humanities and liberal arts led me to study applied linguistics and linguistic semantics in the English Department at Arizona State University, where I received my first master’s degree.
My dissertation, NEW MEDIA, YOUTH, AND POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION, won the 2012 Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award from the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association, the largest international academic association of scholars in media and communication studies.
- Information Behavior (seeking, discovery, use, and evaluation of information)
- Interaction Design
- Social Influence of Information and Communication Technologies (Communication technology and political socialization/Social informatics)