I am currently a tenured professor at one of South Korea’s top-ranked media schools (Hallym University). Before coming to South Korea, I worked and studied for six years in Japan, where I received my PhD from one of Japan’s most prestigious universities (Tohoku University).
To date, the majority of my research has focused on diversity in the media, particularly on the representations of gender, race/ethnicity, and age. In addition, I have conducted research in the areas of new media and health communication. My research has been published in international journals as well as in books.
My scholarly profile has also been influential in my pedagogy. Having been educated in Austria, Japan, and Germany, teaching at universities in Japan (Temple University) and South Korea (Hallym University), and conducting research throughout Asia and North America, my course offerings are varied and infused with an intercultural perspective.
Tenured Professor, Hallym University, South Korea
Tenured Professor, The Media School. In 2015, Hallym University was ranked as "best university" in the field of media and communication studies by the Korean Ministry of Education.
Visiting Professor, City University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor at the Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong.
Distinguished Professor, Hallym University, South Korea
Distinguished Professor, Media School.
Associate Professor, Hallym University, South Korea
Tenure-track Associate Professor, School of Media and Communication.
Adjunct Professor, International Marketing Communication, College of International Studies..
Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Sabbatical: Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Communications Research, College of Media.
Research on “Gender representation in Spanish- and English-language advertising in the United States.”
Assistant Professor, Hallym University, South Korea
Tenure-track Assistant Professor, School of Communication.
Adjunct Professor, International Marketing Communication, College of International Studies.
Temple University, Tokyo Campus, Japan
Taught a class at the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media on Popular Culture that examines from a global perspective how the concepts of globalization, race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender are represented through various popular cultural forms.
Visiting Researcher, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Japan
Project: Advertising to the Silver Market in Japan, in cooperation with Dr. Florian Kohlbacher (German Institute for Japanese Studies), Prof. Shigeru Hagiwara (Keio University, Tokyo), and Assoc. Prof. Akie Arima (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University).
New Media and Society
Media Research Methods
Media Audiences and Effects
Comparative Media Studies
Media and Culture
Advertising and Society
Current Issues in News Media
Introduction to Communication
Communication and Culture
2010 - present
2010 - present
Tohoku University, Japan
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), International Cultural Studies.
Department of Multicultural Societies, Graduate School of International Cultural Studies.
Dissertation title: “The Representation of ‘the Foreign’ in Japanese Television Commercials”.
Tohoku University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan and ranked 9th in Asia in 2011 (QS Asian Universities Rankings).
Tohoku University, Japan
Research activities and Japanese Language Course at the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies.
University of Vienna, Austria
Studies in the Department of German Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies.
Studies in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.
Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
Studies in Business Administration; discontinued, as I was awarded the prestigious Doctoral Fellowship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), Japan, which began in April 2003.
University of Marburg, Germany
Department of German Language, Literature, and Art Studies.
Tsukuba University, Japan
College of International Studies, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, Japanese Language Course.
The Digital Contents School, Hallym University Graduate School, has received the Brain Korea Four Grant from the Korean Government. This grant supports universities’ excellent graduate programs.
“지역공동체 건강과 환경정의를 위한 커뮤니케이션 테크놀로지 통합연구“[A study on the integration of communication technology for the health and environmental justice in local communities]. National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2018S1A3A2074932).
January 2019–December 2020
“How responsible suicide news prevent suicides: Audience effects of country-specific elements of responsible suicide reporting in Belgium and South Korea.” National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2018070120).
March 2017–February 2018
“The Effects of Advertising Representations: Gender Roles and Older People.” Hallym University Research Fund, 2017 (HRF-201703-008).
May 2013–April 2014
“Face-ism from an International Perspective.” National Research Foundation of Korea, 2013 (NRF-2013020741).
December 2012–October 2013
“Gender Representation in Spanish and English Language Advertising in the United States.” Hallym University Research Fund, 2012 (HRF-201212-005).
March 2012–February 2013
Co-investigator, with Assistant Prof. Alexander Ivanov, City University of Hong Kong, and Prof. Shigeru Hagiwara, Keio University.
“Gender Representations in Television Advertisements in Confucian Societies: China, Japan, and South Korea.” City University of Hong Kong Departmental Start-up Grant.
September 2011–February 2012
Hallym University Teaching Grant for using Social Network Sites in the course “Introduction to Communication.” NICE CARE Project, Open Knowledge Hallym University.
April 2008–March 2010
Co-investigator, with Prof. Shigeru Hagiwara, Keio University, Assoc. Prof. Akie Arima, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, and Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, German Institute for Japanese Studies.
“日本のテレビＣＭにおける高齢者表象と高齢者市場へのアプローチ” [The Representation of Older People and the Approaches to the Silver Market in Japanese Television Commercials. Yoshida Hideo Memorial Foundation Research Grant (Dentsu).
March 2009–January 2010
“Social Groups in South Korean Television Advertising: Foreigners, Gender, and Older People.” Hallym University Research Fund, 2009 (HRF-2009-010).
April 2008–March 2009
Co-investigator, with Prof. Emmanuel Cheron, Sophia University, and Dr. Florian Kohlbacher, German Institute for Japanese Studies.
“Marketing and Communication to Older Consumers in Japan.” (Japanese Yen 400,000) Institute of Comparative Culture Grant, Sophia University.
Recipient of the "2019 Best Teacher Award" at Hallym University.
March 2018–February 2020
Appointed as a “Hallym University Distinguished Professor” for being the most productive researcher in the social sciences and humanities at Hallym University in 2016 and 2017.
Second Place Faculty Research Paper Award for the paper “Nudity of male and female characters in television advertising across the globe” (co-authored with Jörg Matthes) by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) at the AEJMC Conference, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, USA.
March 2008–February 2009
Research Fellowship for Young Scholars from German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo, Japan (monthly stipend).
April 2004–March 2007
Monbukagakusho Scholarship for Doctoral Students from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT), Japan (tuition, monthly stipend).
April 2003–March 2004
Monbukagakusho Scholarship for Research Students from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT), Japan (tuition, monthly stipend).
April 2001–July 2001
Joint Study Scholarship from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria, as part of a cooperative venture between Tsukuba University and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (tuition, monthly stipend).
Thesis Supervision and Examiner
Thesis Supervisor (Hallym University)
Varha Abd Selam: Teen Depression and Suicide Ideation Manifestations on Tumblr and Other Social Media (tentative title, Master’s thesis, 2019-present)
Muhammad Fazal: Pollution Risk Perception and the Media in Pakistan (tentative title, Master’s thesis, 2019-present)
Mehwish Yaqoob: Gender Representations in Pakistani Media (Doctoral thesis, 2018–present).
Preeti Bharti: Korean Wave in Northeast India (Master’s thesis, 2017–2019).
Nebedum Ikechukwu: Gender Representations in Nigerian Movies (Master’s thesis, 2016–2019).
Tessa Djamilla Rwubaka: Gender Representation in Rwandan Music Videos (Master’s thesis, 2016–2018).
Thesis Committee Member (Hallym University)
Tracy Lorena Campos Lopez: Functions of Korean Film Festivals (Committee Member, The Media School, 2019).
Nazakat Khan: The Rise of Turkish Drama in Pakistan (Committee Member, The Media School, 2019).
Preeti Bharti: Korean Wave in Northeast India (Committee Member, School of Media and Communication, 2018).
Nebedum Ikechukwu: Gender Representations in Nigerian Movies (Committee Member, School of Media and Communication, 2018).
Tessa Djamilla Rwubaka: Gender Representation in Rwandan Music Videos (Committee Member, School of Media and Communication, 2017).
Dom Vannak: Socioeconomic Studies of Demands for Higher Education in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Chair, Department of Sociology, 2017).
External Thesis Examiner
Wenqian Xu: Ageism in the Media: Online Representations of Older People Generated by Organizations (Linkoping University, Sweden, doctoral thesis, 2021).
Shiang Shiang Lim: Framing an aviation crisis in the mainstream and alternative Malaysian newspapers: A study of the missing flight MH370. (Universiti Tunku Abdum Rahman, Malaysia, doctoral thesis, 2021).
Yanqing Sun: The Effect of Social Media Parenting Content on New Mothers’ Self-Discrepancy and Postnatal Mood Disorders (City University of Hong Kong, China, doctoral thesis, 2021).
Fei Fan: Consumers’ Perceptions and Responses to Advertising with Traditional and Micro-celebrity Endorsements: A Relational Approach (Hong Kong Baptist University, China, doctoral thesis, 2020).
Sebastian Brooke: A Nation Changed? Post-Tsunami Images/(Re)Presentations of National Identity in Japanese Television Advertising (University of South Australia, Australia, doctoral thesis, 2017).
Other Academic Activities
African Journalism Studies (Routledge)
Ageing & Society (Cambridge University Press)
American Communication Journal (American Communication Association)
Asian Communication Research (Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies)
Asian Ethnicity (Routledge)
Asian Journal of Communication (Routledge)
Asian Journal of Women’s Studies (Routledge)
Asian Women (Research Institute of Asian Women)
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (Routledge)
Comprehensive Psychology (Sage)
Contemporary Japan (Mouton de Gruyter)
Critical Studies in Media Communication (Routledge)
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking (Liebert Publishers)
Feminist Media Studies (Routledge)
Frontiers in Psychology (Frontiers)
Global Media and Communication (Sage)
Information, Communication and Society (Routledge)
International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Baywood)
International Journal of Aging and Later Life (Linköping University Electronic Press)
International Journal of Communication (University of Southern California)
International Journal of Consumer Studies (Wiley)
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI)
International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education (Routledge)
International Journal of Intercultural Relations (Elsevier)
International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Mouton de Gruyter)
Journal of Advertising (Routledge)
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media (Routledge)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (Routledge)
Journal of Marketing Communications (Routledge)
Journal of Media and Communication Studies (Academic Journals)
Journal of Political Science and Sociology (Keio University)
Makara Journal of Health Research (Universitas Indonesia)
Mass Communication and Society (Routledge)
Media, Culture & Society (Sage)
Plaridel: A Journal of Communication, Media, and Society (University of the Philippines)
PLOS One (Public Library of Science)
SAGE Open (Article Editor and Reviewer)
Sex Roles (Springer)
Social Currents (Sage)
Social Forces (Oxford University Press)
Sociological Forum (Wiley)
Telecommunications Policy (Elsevier)
Telematics and Informatics (Elsevier)
The Review of Communication (Routledge)
The Social Science Journal (Elsevier)
Editor and Editorial Board Member
Journal of Advertising (Routledge): Editorial Review Board Member: 2021–present
Health & New Media Research (Hallym University), Associate Editor: 2019-present
Health Communication Research (Korea Health Communication Association), Editorial Board Member: 2019-present
Moment Dergi (Moment Journal: Journal of Cultural Studies, Hacettepe University, Turkey), Editorial Board Member: 2017–present
Sex Roles (Springer), Editorial Board Member: 2018–2020
Asian Communication Research (Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies), Editorial Board Member: 2019-2020
Session Convener, Chair, and Discussant at Conferences
Discussant, “Has the Scientific World Truly Opened Itself to Open Access?”, panel discussion organized by Enago Academy; online; www.enago.com/academy.
Discussant, “The Role of Media in Public Health,” session at the Hallym-Mongolia International University Symposium: Media and Information Technology to Promote Public Health, Hallym University, Chuncheon, South Korea, 13 June 2017.
Chair, “The Construction of Body: Age, Disability, and Plastic Surgery in Media Portrayals”, Feminist Scholarship and Health Communication Section, ICA Conference, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, USA, 25–29 May 2017.
Discussant, “Critical Analysis of Media Industry,” session at The iCat International Conference: Changing Ecologies of Media Industries, Hallym University, Chuncheon, South Korea, 23–25 April 2017.
Chair, “Media Psychology and the Study of Gender-Related Issues”, Mass Communication Section, ICA Conference, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka, Japan, 9–13 June 2016.
Moderator and Respondent, “Focus on Asia: Media Reception, Productions, and Activisms in China, South Korea, and Bangladesh”, Feminist Scholarship Section, ICA Conference, Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Fukuoka, Japan, 9–13 June 2016.
Session Convener and Chair, “Advertising Gender: A Comparison of East Asian Images Through Time, Space, and Media”, Popular Communication/Feminist Scholarship Section, ICA Conference, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, United States, 22–26 May 2014.
Chair, “Studies in Communication and New Media”, 11th International Cultural Studies Association Conference (Beyond Disciplinarity: Interventions in Cultural Studies and the Arts), Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, United States, 23–26 May 2013.
Discussant, “Communication Education 2”, The Future of College Education: Challenges and Responses in Business and Communication Education, Hallym University, Chuncheon, South Korea, 10 May 2012
Chair, “Gender and the Digital World (II): Social Effects at Home, in the Community, and Society”, Gender and Communication Section, IAMCR Conference (Cities, Creativity, Connectivity), Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey, 13–17 July 2011.
Chair, “Screening Gender: Studies from ICT, TV and Film“, Gender and Communication Section, IAMCR Conference (Communication and Citizenship: Rethinking Crisis and Change), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 18–22 July 2010.
Chair, “Women and Media”, Feminist Scholarship Section, ICA Conference, Suntec, Singapore, 22–26 June 2010.
Chair, “New Trends in News Flows in Asia”, “News Flows in Asia: An International Conference”, Korea Press Foundation, Seoul, South Korea, 27–29 August 2009..
International Education Committee, School of Media and Communication/The Media School, Hallym University, 2012–present. Helped to establish several exchange programs, e.g., with Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), De La Salle University (Philippines), and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia).
Grant Reviewer, European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant 2020 Call.
Standing Review Board Member, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (2021–2023).
Committee Member, Japanese Language and Cultural Studies Centre, Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education, The Open University of Hong Kong.
External Postgraduate Research Scholarship Reviewer, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, 2019.
External Grant Reviewer, Israel Science Foundation, 2016.
External Grant Reviewer, National Science Centre, Poland, 2016.
Member of the Scientific Committee, International Symposium: Media Ideology: The Globalized World and Democratic Transition, Department of Mass Media, Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo, 2016.
Editorial Advisory Board, Handbook of Research on Individualism and Identity in the Globalized Digital Age. Edited by Sigmund Topor, IGI Global, 2014–2016.
External Research Project Reviewer, The Open University of Hong Kong, 2015.
Advisor, “Strategies for enhancing effectiveness of risk communication based on Korean adults’ health literacy”, Project by Myoungsoon You (Seoul National University), Youngkee Ju (Hallym University), Hee Jeong Son (Seoul National University), Kyung Jin Hong (Seoul National University), 2012.
Assigned Faculty Searcher by Hallym University (School of Communication and College of International Studies) at NCA Job Fair, San Francisco, November 2010.
Regular participant in academic reputation surveys, e.g., by Times Higher Education, QS Intelligence Unit, and Clarivite Analytics.