Soojong Kim

Doctoral Student

Soojong Kim is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in social influence, social identity, and social networks. His research focuses on how we can understand, predict, and manipulate information flow on social networks. He is a member of the Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research (CHBCR), and Digital Media, Networks, and Political Communication Research Group (DiMeNet). His previous research in Network Dynamics Group focused on social epidemiology and complex system dynamics. 

As a former computer scientist and an engineer, he conducts research based on computational methods, including computational modeling and simulation, web-based experiment, and large-scale data analysis.

He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Seoul National University. He worked at Samsung Electronics as a researcher. He also earned his Master degree in Sociology at Seoul National University.

Selected Publications
  • Information Propagation on Social Media

▹Hopkins, D., Kim, E., Kim, S., (2017). Does Newspaper Coverage Influence or Reflect Public Perceptions of the Economy, Research & Politics

▹Suh, Y., Kim, S., (2015). Accumulation of representable personal information through mobile applications of smart phones and policy implications of privacy protection, Information Society & Media (Korean)

    Kim, S., (Under Review), Directionality of Information Flow and Echoes without Chambers, Nature Human Behavior.

    Kim, S., (Working Manuscript), Chambers without Echoes: Social Propagation of Information in Homogeneous Networks.

    Kim, S., (Working Manuscript), Bridging the Gap: Social Status and the Diffusion of Health Information.

    Kim, S. and Oh, P., (In Preparation), A Method of Generating Networks with Heterogeneous Agents and Structural Homophily.

    Oh, P. and Kim, S., (In Preparation), Empirical Evidence of the Emergence and Evolution of Language on Networks.

    • Computer-Human Interaction and Social Media

    Kim, S., (Working Manuscript), Polarizing Machines: Effects of Algorithmic Social Categorization on Propagation and Perception of Political Information.

    • Advanced Statistical Methods

    ▹Stevenson, H. C., Jemmott, L. S., Jemmott, J. B., White, S. L., Talley, L. M., Chittamuru, D., Kim, S., (Under Review). Efficacy and Mediation of a Racial Literacy-Infused Barbershop-based Intervention to Reduce Violence Retaliation for Young African American Men: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial, Health Psychology.

    ▹Cederbaum, J. A., Kim, S., Grest, C. V., Jemmott, J. B., Jemmott, L. S., (Working Manuscript). Effect of a Church-based Intervention on Abstinence and Safer Sex Communication among African American parent-child dyads.

    Conference Presentations

    Kim, S., “Directionality of Information Flow and Echoes without Chambers,” National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2018. (Accepted.)

    Kim, S., “Creating Echo Chamber: How Biased Flow of Information Can Be Engineered,” International Conference on Computational Social Science, Evanston, IL, July 2018. (Accepted.)

    Kim, S., Herbert, N., van de Rijt, A., Centola, D., “Emergence and Stability of Status Hierarchy,” International Conference on Computational Social Science, Cologne, Germany, July 2017.

    Kim, S., Centola, D., "A seeding strategy to promote the spread of behavior on social networks", International School and Conference on Network Science, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2017.

    Kim, S., Herbert, N., van de Rijt, A., Centola, D., "Emergence and Stability of Status Hierarchy", the 5th Annenberg Graduate Student Symposium, March 2017.

    ▹ Herbert, N., Kim, S., and Centola, D., “Is inequality inevitable? An agent-based bargaining model of network structure and nominal characteristic tags”, Advances in Mathematical Sociology session, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Seattle, Washington, August 2016.

    ▹ Herbert, N., Kim, S., and Centola, D., “Is inequality inevitable? An agent-based bargaining model of network structure and nominal characteristic tags”, International Conference on Computational Social Science, Evanston, Illinois, June 2016.

    Soojong Kim is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. He is interested in social influence, social identity, and social networks. Currently, he is focusing on the topic of understanding, predicting, and manipulating information diffusion on social networks.

    Kim's Network

    • John B. Jemmott III, Ph.D.
    • Sandra González-Bailón, Ph.D.
    • Yphtach Lelkes, Ph.D.
    • Digital Media and Social Networks
    • Media and Communication Effects
    • Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research
    • Digital Media, Networks, and Political Communication Group