My name is Soojong Kim. I’m a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Communication at University of California Davis. As a former computer scientist and engineer, I’m interested in combining insights from social sciences and innovative research methods, including large-scale data analysis, web-based experiments, computational modeling, network analysis, and natural language processing. I have been elected as the Secretary of the Computational Methods Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), starting my term in May 2023.
Before joining UC Davis, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, jointly affiliated with the Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) and the Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL). I received my PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.
My research focuses on three areas: inequity in health, insecurity in cyberspace, and injustice in AI. Here are three clusters of research I am working on.
(1) Disinfo forecast: Capturing and predicting (dis)information’s causal effects on people, in real-time.
(2) InequalAI: Finding social scientific answers to “Is AI dividing society?,” “How can we design and adopt new technologies considering equality and justice?”
(3) Map the Web: Seeing the entire landscape of information flows and narratives in digital space, across issues, platforms, and cultures.
Based on computational and quantitative methods, my research investigates social networks and group dynamics, technology and digital media, and social disparity and inequality. I am a recipient of the ICA Best Paper Award, Wharton Russell Ackoff Fellowship, Waterhouse Family Institute Research Grant Award, Annenberg Doctoral Research Fellowship, and MisinfoCon Research Grant.
More information about me can be found on my Curriculum Vitae, LinkedIn, and faculty profile.
Research articles and patents are listed on my Google Scholar profile.
You can also find me on Twitter: @soojongkim_1.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions: soojong_kim_97[at]gmail.com (remove the underscore.)