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Jinsook KimAssistant Professor

Jinsook Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Emory University. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research program takes a critical approach to digital media and cultures that involves both identifying the competing forces that make digital media toxic and inhospitable for marginalized groups and accounting for the struggle and labor necessary to render digital space livable. She is currently working on her first book project, provisionally titled Sticky Activism: Online Misogyny and Feminist Anti-Hate Activism in South Korea. It is based on her doctoral dissertation, which received a Dissertation Award Honorable Mention from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in 2021. Through textual, discursive, and institutional analyses of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and wikis, as well as in-depth interviews with feminist activists, this book examines how new modes of feminist activism have contested the global phenomenon of misogyny in the specific context of contemporary South Korea.

Her work on topics in digital media culture has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She also authored a chapter in the edited anthology Mediating Misogyny: Gender, Technology, and Harassment. She was the recipient of the Institute for Citizens & Scholars’ WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, and the Korean American Communication Association-Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange Research Grant.


  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • International Communication Association


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Ewha Womans University
  • B.A., Korea University