Digital Cultures and Mediated Social Interactions

What does it mean to be human in mediated communication environments?
How do we want to be together?

My research focuses on the cultural/social implications of boundary-crossing practices in human-technology assemblages. What does it mean to communicate together across diverse "real", "online", "virtual", or "imaginary" places? How should we approach the mundane and the weird, and the "normal" and the "Other"? I specialize in qualitative research, but also conduct and enjoy quantitative, mix-methodological, and interdisciplinary collaborative research.

I was featured in the 2024 UIC Communication Faculty Highlight. Click to read more about my research and teaching.

For PDF of my work or a list of work in progress, please contact me at doownkim[at]uic[dot]edu.

Current Project: Virtual Influencers

Research Areas

Being together: Real "vs" Virtual?

Everyday, Playful Participation

Place, Technology, and the Othered


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Email: doownkim[at]uic[dot]edu

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