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Jiyoun Suk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Connecticut

Hello! I am an assistant professor of Big Data and Diversity in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. I am also a core faculty member at the Program of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a faculty affiliate at the Center for mHealth and Social Media. I received my Ph.D. degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

At the center of my research lies how the communication processes in the networked media environment influence social trust, activism, and political polarization. I look at the role of communication dynamics in understanding  marginalized communities, including women/sexual violence survivors, and racial and ethnic minorities. In doing so, I incorporate unique theoretical insights of the temporal and contextualized dynamics in the communication environment into my research questions and analysis.


To answer my questions, I primarily employ computational methods. I am well-versed in automated text analysis, social network analysis, community detection, unsupervised and supervised machine learning, using R and Python.


Besides research, I love cycling and jogging! I am also a huge animal lover.

Recent Update

  • Our paper "‘Think global, act local’: How #MeToo hybridized across borders and platforms for contextual relevance" is online at Information, Communication, & Society. Free 50 copies are available!  

  • Our paper "When the personal becomes political: Unpacking the dynamics of sexual violence and gender justice discourses across four social media platforms." is online at Communication Research

  • Five papers and one panel are accepted for presentation at ICA 2023 in Toronto! 

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