S. Mo Jang recently earned his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan (2014) and joined the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of South Carolina as Assistant Professor fall 2014.

His research focuses on social/political implications of the digital media and big data social media analysis.  He is particularly interested in how the dynamics of public attention changes in the digital/social information environment.  His work in this area appears in the Journal of Communication, Mass Communication & Society, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Science Communication, and Public Opinion Quarterly among others.

Another research area involves Science/environmental communication. His research examines how the public understands and engages with scientific issues such as climate change.  His work is published in Global Environmental ChallengeScience Communication and Journal of Environmental Psychology.  He currently studies the source of hoax frames in climate change communication and the boomerang effects of weather-event attributions.

Mo’s scholarly writing has been recognized from the conference as well.  He annually collects Top Paper Awards from the ICA and NCA (2012/2013/2014/2015) from the Mass Comm and Political Comm Division.  In addition, his conference debut paper won the paper award (first place – Moeller Research Competition) at the AEJMC in 2011.

He now teaches Public Opinion and Persuasion at the USC and has taught various courses at the UM, including a large introductory course (Media Processes and Effects), hand-held lab sessions (Managing Information Environment), quantitative research methods course (Research Methods), upper level writing intensive course (Visual Culture and Literacy; Media and Individual), PR campaigns, and Public Opinion and Persuasion.  He had the honor to receive the Communication Department’s Best GSI (graduate student instructor) Award based on teaching evaluations from the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Prior to entering the doctoral program at Michigan, he worked as a television journalist in Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS – one of the three national networks in South Korea) for 3 years.  He produced (write/interview/video-edit/voice-record) more than 200 television news reports that were aired throughout the nation.

Ultimately, to extend my research capacity and contribution to the department, one of my highest priorities is to secure significant external grants. I recently won an NEH grant ($89,566 as a PI) and earned the most prestigious internal grant at the current institution ($99,887 as a co-principal investigator).

He likes traveling, watching sports, and eating international food.


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