Jiyeon Kang

South Korea/United States

Jiyeon Kang

South Korea/United States

Biography

Jiyeon Kang is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. Her academic interests include online activism, youth culture, vernacular rhetoric, and globalization. Her research focuses on conceptualizing the democratic potential of the Internet, with a specific interest in the communicative dynamics and cultural norms that have emerged in the contexts of youth-driven social movements and online communities. Her forthcoming book Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea examines a decade of Internet activism in South Korea by combining rhetorical analysis of online communities with ethnographic interviews. She is concurrently working on a collaborative book-length project with Nancy Abelmann and Xia Zhang on the novel and varied civilities at play in the online communities of international undergraduate students in the U.S., China, and South Korea.