Hyun Tae (Calvin) Kim

Hyun Tae (Calvin) Kim is a doctoral student at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Broadly speaking, his research is situated in media, political, and cultural psychology, seeking to shed light on the influence of different cultural and national identities on attitudinal and behavioral metrics pertaining to social change. When looking at these processes, he also considers the role of media consumption, and the impact of different types of messaging, on attitude and behavioral change…. Read More » “Hyun Tae (Calvin) Kim”

Nathaniel Ming Curran

Nathaniel Ming Curran is a PhD student at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and
Journalism. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin Madison and earned his MA at the
University of California Berkeley. At Berkeley, he conducted research at the intersection of
education, identity, and the English language in South Korea.
His current research focuses on new technology and the discourse/practice of globalization. In
particular, he is interested in the ways globalization and its effects are imagined,… Read More » “Nathaniel Ming Curran”

Jingyi Sun

Before joining Annenberg as a PhD student, Jingyi Sun was a TV professional with China Central TV for nearly seven years. She worked in the exciting and challenging field of international news reporting for five years, during which she gained substantial knowledge about international affairs, and then joined a feature talk show program dedicated to cross-cultural communication. Prior to her career with CCTV4, she obtained BA in Journalism and English from Beijing Foreign Studies University and Master’s degree in Film Aesthetics from University of Oxford…. Read More » “Jingyi Sun”

Araba Sey

Araba is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington’s Information School. She studies the social and economic implications of information and communication technologies (ICT) in developing countries. Her areas of interest include industry and user appropriation of mobile phones in low and middle-income countries, micro-entrepreneurship in the mobile phone industry, ICTs and disability, and recreational uses of ICTs. Araba holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Southern California…. Read More » “Araba Sey”

Arul Chib

Dr. Arul Chib, Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, and Director of the Singapore Internet Research Center, studies the contribution of information and communication technologies towards positive development outcomes. His research agenda focuses on the impact and role of mobile phones in healthcare systems in resource-constrained environments of developing countries, and in transnational migration to developed countries. Dr. Chib is increasingly interested in issues of power, with one research trajectory focusing on the intersection of gender with technology,… Read More » “Arul Chib”

Matthew Bui

Matthew N. Bui researches the potential for, and obstacles to, social and political change through the use of communication and technology as tools for intervention. He is particularly interested in issues pertaining to diversity and empowerment within urban communities, and how national and international digital policies and initiatives can foster civic engagement and economic development.
The son of immigrant parents, Matt has written, presented, and taught workshops on topics such as texting and conflict resolution, selfies and reciprocity,… Read More » “Matthew Bui”

Nathalie Marechal

Nathalie Maréchal is a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and holds a BA in International Studies and MA in International Communication, both from American University. She has published articles about human rights advocacy in the digital age, surveillance of welfare recipients in the United States, and media coverage of WikiLeaks. She is currently writing her dissertation, “Defying Censorship, Evading Surveillance: The Political Economy of Circumvention Technology.”
In 2016,… Read More » “Nathalie Marechal”

Rachel Moran

Rachel received a BA Hons (Cantab) in Social and Political Science at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, where she focused on political engagement and networks. She then went on to study Political Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London, gaining top honors for her thesis on media indexing in the reporting of the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
Rachel’s research focuses on political communications particularly the links between communications platforms and socio-political engagement and the rise of professionalization and marketization in politics…. Read More » “Rachel Moran”

Shabnam Shalizi

Specializing in global development impact and effectiveness, Shabnam Shalizi’s doctoral work at USC builds on her applied experience as a practitioner leading and supporting engagements in diverse landscapes, including the volatile setting of war. Her emphasis on communications and change stems from her performance measurement portfolio across multiple countries and sectors, including women’s economic empowerment, climate change, rule of law, food security and public financial management. Shabnam’s research interests include levers for change in how business and aid can work to build and maintain lasting,… Read More » “Shabnam Shalizi”

Jack Qiu

Jack Linchuan Qiu is a Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he serves as deputy director of the C-Centre (Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research). His publications include World’s Factory in the Information Era 信息时代的世界工厂 (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2013),Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009),Mobile Communication and Society (co-authored, MIT Press, 2006), some of which have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Korean…. Read More » “Jack Qiu”

Sulafa Zidani

Sulafa Zidani is a doctoral student at USC Annenberg. She researches new media, participatory culture, and digital language and power dynamics, with special interest in China and the Arab World.
Sulafa is a speaker of English, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, and French. Prior to joining Annenberg, she worked as a teacher, research assistant, and translator in Palestine, Israel, China, and the US.
She earned her BA and MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Asia Studies and Communication and Journalism…. Read More » “Sulafa Zidani”

Martin Hilbert

Dr. Martin Hilbert pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information, communication, and knowledge in the development of complex social systems. He holds doctorates in Economics and Social Sciences (2006; F.A.U. Germany), and in Communication (2012; University of Southern California, USC).
Before joining UC Davis, he created and coordinated the Information Society Programme of United Nations Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (http://www.cepal.org/SocInfo). In his 15 years as United Nations Economic Affairs Officer he provided hands-on technical assistance in the field of digital development to Presidents,… Read More » “Martin Hilbert”

Xiangyu Li

Xiangyu Li is an MPL student in the Urban Planning program at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, and currently involved in the Connected Cities project with ARNIC. He received his B.E. in GIS and Cartography from Tongji University. He is also a partner of Beijing Tanizon LLC—a startup focuses on providing industrial photogrammetry and surveillance UAV solutions (www.tanizon.com).
He has the following patents under his name: the Invention Patent for Multi-UAV Cooperative Surveying Based on Integer Linear Programming;… Read More » “Xiangyu Li”

Namkee Park

Namkee Park is Associate Professor and Underwood Distinguished Professor at the Department of Communication, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. After graduating from the Annenberg School for Communication in 2007, he worked as an assistant professor at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma (OU). Being tenured and promoted to an associate professor at OU, he moved to his alma mater in South Korea, Yonsei University.

His academic interests include social and psychological implications of communication technologies along with computer-mediated communication (CMC)…. Read More » “Namkee Park”

Rong Wang

Rong Wang is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Networks for Non-profit and Social Impact (NNSI) at Northwestern University. She is interested in non-profit advocacy, network analysis, organizational communication, and ICT for development. At NNSI, she is currently working on an Army Research Office (ARO) grant examining collective impact and education reform.
Rong has published her work in Mass Communication and Society, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Community Psychology,… Read More » “Rong Wang”

Seungyoon Lee

Seungyoon Lee, Associate Professor at the Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, received her Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2008.
Her research interest focuses on the evolution of communication, knowledge, and collaboration networks in and across organizations over time. Her current emphasis is on applying theories of socio-cultural evolution to complex forms of networks including multiplex and multimodal networks. Her ongoing projects examine the evolution of creative interaction and social ties in project teams;… Read More » “Seungyoon Lee”