Ju Oak Kim is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Program in Communication at Texas A&M International University. Kim’s research and teaching interests include global media systems and industries, production studies, and media representations of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality. Kim specializes in East Asian media connections and Korean popular culture.
Kim is currently working on her monograph that examines Korean media industries , based on ethnographic approaches to various production sites. Her work has been published for Media, Culture & Society, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, International Journal of Communication, Culture, Theory and Critique, and the Journal of Popular Culture.
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. She is the winner of Chosun Ilbo’s Annual Spring Literary Contest for Springtime.
Kim is a recipient of the Study Abroad Scholarship, selected by the National Institute for International Education, Ministry of Education in Republic of Korea. In addition, she has been chosen for the 2020-2021 U.S.-Korean NextGen Scholars Program, an initiative by CSIS Korea Chair and USC Korean Studies Institute with support from The Korean Foundation. Kim is currently serving as an International Liaison for the Media Industry Studies Interest Group at the International Communication Association.
Kim holds her Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University, M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College, the City University of New York, and M.A. in Communication and B.A.s in Korean Language Education and Communication from Seoul National University.