Ju Oak (Jade) Kim is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Texas A&M International University. Her research and teaching interests include global media systems and industries, production studies, media representations of race, gender, ethnicity, and nationality. She is also a specialist on East Asian media and culture. Her work has appeared in Continuum, International Journal of Communication, Culture, Theory, and CritiqueInternational Journal of Korean StudiesThe Journal of Popular CultureJournal of Fandom Studies, and China Media Research.

Kim is currently working on her book manuscript that examines the production culture of Korean television and pop industries at the heart of the Korean Wave phenomenon. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with media practitioners; participant-observations at academic, professional, and governmental events; and an intensive analysis of trade publications, she aims to develop an Asian-based theoretical framework in grasping transnational flows of people, culture, and media in an era of digital convergence.

Prior to academia, Kim worked as the writer of the award-winning KBS documentary series, china (Grand Prize from Korean Broadcasting Commission and Best Picture Prize in Journalism at Korean Broadcasting Awards), the adapter of Korean film, A Letter from Mars, a content producer at Samsung Economic Research Institute, and a media consultant for the Korea Society. Kim is the winner of Chosun Ilbo’s Annual Spring Literary Contest for Springtime and has had six short stories published in Korean literary journals and newspapers.

Kim is a recipient of the 2010 Government Scholarship for Overseas Study, run by the National Institute for International Education, Ministry of Education in Korea and is one of the ten scholars for the 2020-2021 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program, an initiative by the Center for Strategic and International Studies Korea Chair and the USC Korean Studies Institute with support from the Korea Foundation.

Kim earned her Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University, M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College, and M.A. in Communication and B.A.s in Korean Language Education and Communication from Seoul National University.

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