Hyunjin Seo is an associate professor and Docking Faculty Scholar at University of Kansas as well as founding director of the KU Center for Digital Inclusion. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University where she was a fellow in AY2018-2019. Her research examines how social collaborative networks facilitated by digital communication technologies affect social change at local, national and international levels. Seo is currently the Principal Investigator on an NSF-funded project aimed at supporting women recently released from jail or prison in learning digital skills relevant for their reentry including job searches. She is also completing a book manuscript (under contract with Oxford University Press), Networked Collective Actions: The Making of an Impeachment, which examines intricate relationships between social institutions and agents during South Korean protests directed at political changes. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the areas of digital media, collective action, and civic engagements. Seo teaches courses on social media, research methods and strategic campaigns.
Seo’s research and teaching are influenced by her professional experience in journalism and strategic communication in South Korea and the United States. Prior to her graduate studies in the United States, Seo was a foreign affairs correspondent for South Korean and international media outlets. During that time, she traveled extensively to cover major international events including six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear issues and gatherings of world leaders such as the United Nations and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit talks. She has also consulted to U.S. and Korea-based nongovernmental organizations regarding their social media strategies and relations with international press.
KU Website: https://journalism.ku.edu/hyunjin-seo