Ju Oak (Jade) Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication at Texas A&M International University. Her research and teaching interests include global media industries, transnational media, digital convergence and production culture, media representations of race, gender, and ethnicity, East Asian media connections, and Korean media and cultural studies. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication, Culture, Theory, and CritiqueInternational Journal of Korean StudiesThe Journal of Popular CultureJournal of Fandom Studies, and China Media Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University, an M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College, and an M.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Korean Language Education from Seoul National University.

Prior to joining academia, Kim served as the writer of the critically acclaimed TV documentary series, China (KBS1, 2001-2004), content producer at the Samsung Economic Research Institute (2006), and media consultant for the Korea Society (2009-2010). In addition, as a novelist, Kim has had six short stories published in Korean literary journals and newspapers. She is the winner of Chosun Ilbo’s annual spring literary contest for Springtime (2001).

Kim is currently working on her monograph that maps out global networks of Korean media producers and international consumers, transcending the East/West dichotomy in the scholarly discussion of globalization. Through observing the behind-the-screen operations of the Korean media industries, she attempts to unearth the historical, critical cultural, and post-structural dimensions of East Asian media connections and the geopolitical implications of Korean media culture and practice in an era of digital convergence. Kim is a recipient of the Global Korea Scholarship, selected by the National Institute for International Education and funded by the Korean Ministry of Education.

Kim can be reached at juoak.kim@tamiu.edu

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