Hyeri Jung, Ph.D.

Hyeri Jung, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Office: Andrews 210
E-mail: hyeri.jung@eastern.edu
Phone: 610-225-5682


B.A. Northeastern University
M.A. Chung-Ang University
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

At Eastern since 2017


Dr. Jung was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a master’s degree in Media and Communication, she joined the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) in 2013 to pursue a doctoral degree. In 2016, she was awarded a prestigious COMPASS (Consortium on Media Policy Studies) fellowship, which gave her opportunities to learn about the real world of U.S. federal policy making in Washington, D.C. and make contributions to the media policy process through research and writing. Dr. Jung has worked as a researcher in news agencies in South Korea and TV stations in South Korea and the United States, and she has taught communication courses at Suwon University and UT-Austin. She is an “acafan” (an academic who identifies as a fan) of various transcultural media texts, including K-pop. She loves cultures and speaks several languages.


Introduction to Mass Media, Digital Storytelling, Digital Media Production, Art of Film, Media & Culture, Public Speaking


I teach at Eastern because our mission—integrating faith, reason, and justice—aligns with my Christian faith, and most importantly, because I love our students!


Global media culture; International communication; Audience reception studies; Transnational media; Soft power; Korean Wave; K-pop


  • Jung, H. (2017). Transnational media culture and soft power of the Korean Wave in the United States. In T. Yoon & D. Jin (Eds.), The Korean Wave: Evolution, fandom, and transnationality (pp. 241-259). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Ghobrial, B., Lu, S., Jung, H., & Johnson, T. (2017). Putting out fire with gasoline in Tahrir square: Revisiting the Gamson hypothesis. International Journal of Communication, 11, 1-23.
  • Jung, H. (2016). Subtitles in South Korean entertainment television: Focused on a third-person effect. Journal of Entertainment and Media Studies, 2(1), 77-109.
  • Yoo, J., Zheng, P., Jung, H., Chen, V., & Lu, S. (2015). Tap, scroll down, chat and more? Examining the influence of mobile applications and interpersonal discussions towards political participation. International Symposium on Online Journalism, 5(1), 167-187.
  • Jung, H. (August, 2015). Subtitles in entertainment television in South Korea: Focused on a third-person effect. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, San Francisco, CA. (Received Cooper-Chen Top Research Paper Award)
  • Jung, H., & Shahin, S. (May, 2017). Music on the Orient Express: Postcolonial readings of U.S. media coverage of Korean and Indian popular culture. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Jung, H. (November 2016). Transnational media culture of K-pop, its Western fandom, and its ideological twists. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bock, M., Chacon, L., Jung, H., Sturm, H., & Figuerora, E. (November, 2016). Who is beautiful enough for TV news? Gender, race, and the aesthetics of on-air talent. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

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