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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. I am also a co-director of Communication and Emerging Media lab, an institutional lab with University at Buffalo.

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. Recently, I am focusing on the challenges that social justice voices are facing, such as politicization attempts, online hate and violence, and targeted mis/disinformation against minorities.


To answer my questions, I primarily employ computational methods using R and Python. Check out my Computational Research Methods graduate seminar at UConn's Comm Department.


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

Recent Update

  • Our paper "WordPPR: A researcher-driven computational keyword selection method for text data retrieval from digital media" is online at Communication Methods & Measures. [Open access]

    • Also received UConn OVPR's Scholarship Facilitation Fund ($1,000) for the project.

  • 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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