Jisu Kim

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities  2019

M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Korea University    2014

B.A. in Political Science, Korea University  2011


Dr. Jisu Kim is an assistant professor in the School of Communication, Media, and Journalism at Wenzhou-Kean University. She is an affiliate fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Previously, she was a resident fellow at the Information Society Project and an affiliated scholar at The Justice Collaboratory (Social Media Governance Initiative) at Yale Law School.

Research interests

Dr. Kim’s research focuses on how digital technology influences audience engagement, journalism practices, and the business model of news organizations, with an emphasis on computational methods. Dr. Kim’s goal is to understand factors that influence audience trust in news organizations and engagement with news on social media to help news organizations devise a better strategy for engaging with their audiences. In addition, her work seeks to examine the factors that influence the dissemination of news and information on social media through computer algorithms. She sees herself working as an interdisciplinary scholar, developing a useful computer program or platform for news organizations and audiences in order to enhance productive interactions between the two parties and improve journalism practice.

Thus far, her work has been published in the Journalism PracticeInternational Journal of CommunicationSocial Media + SocietyCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental ManagementInternational Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector MarketingThe Agenda Setting Journal, and in an edited book, The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting, with other papers currently under revision or peer review at journals. She has also presented more than 10 conference papers at leading conferences, such as ICA and AEJMC.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication


Kim, J., Huh, J., Rath, B., Salecha, A., & Srivastava, J. (2021). Relationship between Citizen-Eyewitness Images and Audience Engagement with News. Journalism Practice. Advance online publication.


Rim, H., Kim, J., & Dong, C. A. (2019). A Cross-National Comparison of Transparency Signaling in CSR Reporting: The United States, South Korea, and China Cases. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 26(6), 1517-1529.


Kim, J., Lewis, S. C., & Watson, B. R. (2018). The Imagined Audience for and Perceived Quality of News Comments: Exploring the Perceptions of Commenters on News Sites and on Facebook. Social Media + Society, 4(1), 1–12.


Kim, J., Park, K., & Rim, H. (2018). Does the Engaged Public’s Evaluation of Networking Practices Matter? The Effects of Polarized Attitudes and the Reputation of Networking on Individuals’ WOM Behaviors. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 23(4), 1–8.


Kim, J. (2018). One Name Can Change Many Things: Influences of Mentioning Political Candidates on Network Agenda-Setting Effects in the 2016 U.S. Election. The Agenda Setting Journal, 2(1), 41–63.


Kim, J., & Park, S. –Y. (2017). The Effects of Generational Identification Accessibility and Normative Fit on Hostile Media Perceptions. International Journal of Communication, 11, 2115–2135.



Book Chapter


Kim, J., & Min, Y. (2016). An Issue Attention Cycle Analysis of the Network Agenda Setting Model: A Case Study of the Nuclear Issue in South Korea. In L. Guo & M. McCombs (Eds.), The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting (pp. 132–143). New York: Routledge.


COMM1402 Communication as Critical Citizenship, Fall 2021

COMM3590 Business and Professional Communication, Fall 2021

ID2415 Small Group Communication, Fall 2021