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I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and attended Ewha Womans University for my BA in English. After graduating, I worked as a legal assistant at the largest law firm in South Korea, where I began to develop curiosity about organizational members’ communication with their coworkers, supervisors, and stakeholders.

I moved to the US to pursue my graduate education in Communication. I received my MA from Kansas State University and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where I was fortunate to work with supportive mentors who helped me grow as a scholar as well as brilliant students who helped me realize my passion for empowering others with knowledge.

After earning my PhD, I worked as an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 2017-20, where I was recognized by students as the Most Outstanding Faculty in 2019. I joined the Rutgers Communication faculty in 2020 as an Assistant Professor and am excited about the new chapter of my academic career.


*The photo is from the PhD commencement day in 2017, one of the happiest moments I cherished as a first-gen student!