I am an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
My research explores issues of “difference"—ethnic, national, religious, cultural, and others—in discursive environments. I am interested in how difference is perceived and functions in the political realm, how people come to understand and demarcate difference, the effects of communication across lines of difference, and finally in ways to overcome and coexist as a society beyond differences. I’ve studied various contexts in which people of differing, often antagonistic, backgrounds communicate with one another on various platforms.
My work has appeared in many top-tier journals in communication such as Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Political Psychology, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, and Mass Communication and Society. I was the recipient of the Young Scholar Award from the Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies (2015) for my research on minorities in deliberation. I also won the Nanyang Education Award (School) for excellence in teaching (2017). I am currently leading an international research project funded by the Ministry of Education in Singapore exploring different ways in which our minds are affected by encountering different points of views.
Before joining NTU, I was at Stanford University, first as a student (Ph.D., Department of Communication) and later as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment). I also studied at the University of Wisconsin—Madison (M.A., Department of Communication Arts) and Yonsei University (B.A., Department of Communication).
My CV can be found here