Associate Professor
Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies, Minor
R.C. Vance Academic Center
Or by appointment

Dr. Kim is an associate professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. Before coming to Central, she graduated with her PhD from the University of Alabama. She grew up in South Korea, where she attended Korea University in Seoul and graduated with her BAs and MA.

Her main research field is social media and strategic communication, focusing on how organizations and the public communicate in a social media environment through what messages and channels to establish and maintain relationships. As of 2023, Dr. Kim has published 21 articles in journals, with notable contributions to publications such as Communication Research, International Journal of Communication, Asian Journal of Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior, all indexed on the SSCI. Additionally, she has authored 3 book chapters and presented 39 articles at various regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Kim's prolific research has earned her significant recognition, reflected in the receipt of 14 research awards and grants, both from internal and external sources.

Since joining Central, she has become more interested in cultural diversity research and practice, and is trying to think about how to incorporate cultural diversity in her research, classes, and services.

She lives a busy life as a professor, wife, mother, and member of society, but when she has free time, she likes to chat with friends over delicious food and coffee.

Communication and Information Sciences (Cognate: Statistics)
University of Alabama
Korea University
Journalism and Mass Communication (double major)
Korea University
French Language and Literature
Korea University
Areas of Expertise

Social media and strategic communication

Courses Taught

COMM 216 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

COMM 234 Introduction to Public Relations

COMM 253 Introduction to Organizational Communication

COMM 343 Communication and Social Influence

COMM 406 Case Study in Public Relations

COMM 423 Crisis Communication

COMM 439 Social Media Research

COMM 490 Internship

COMM 485 Social Media and Korean Popular Culture

COMM 493 Seminar in Communication

COMM 506 Advanced Case Study in Public Relations

COMM 511 Social Media Research and Analytics

COMM 523 Advanced Crisis Communication

COMM 590 Independent Study

COMM 597 Special Project

IS 462 Topics in East Asian Studies

IS 475 The Senior Project