Soojong Kim, Ph.D.

Portrait of Soojong Kim

Soojong Kim recently defended his dissertation at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research centers around computational social science, network science, and data science. Kim holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Seoul National University. He worked at Samsung Electronics as a computer scientist and engineer for several years. He also studied sociology as a masters student at Seoul National University.

More information about him can be found on his Curriculum Vitae. The latest news and recent research updates can be found on his website.

Kim is interested in information propagation, intergroup interaction, and social networks. His recent studies investigated how individuals perceive and exchange health and political information in networks between different social groups. As a former computer scientist, he is also interested in developing and combining innovative empirical methods, including web-based experiments and computational modeling.

Kim is a recipient of an ICA Best Paper Award, the Wharton Russell Ackoff Fellowship, the Waterhouse Family Institute Research Grant Award, an Annenberg Doctoral Research Fellowship, and a MisinfoCon Research Grant. His works have been presented at various academic venues, including the International Communication Association (ICA) annual meeting, the International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), and the Network Science Society (NetSci) conference.

Peer-review Articles

▹Oh, P., Kim, S., (2020), An Evolutionary Model of the Emergence of Meanings, Communication Methods and Measures (Forthcoming).

Kim, S., (2019), Directionality of Information Flow and Echoes Without ChambersPLoS ONE.

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

Kim, S., & Oh, P., Network Backfire Effect: Enhanced Network Heterogeneity Exacerbates Perceived Information Bias in Social Media, Under Review 

Kim, S., Chambers Without Echoes: Computational and Experimental Evidence on Information Propagation between Segregated Social Groups, Under Review

▹Cederbaum, J. A., Kim, S., Zhang, J., Jemmott, J. B., & Jemmott, L. S., Effect of a Church-based Intervention on Abstinence Communication among African American Caregiver-Child Dyads: The role of Gender of Caregiver and Child, Under Review

▹Stevenson, H. C., Jemmott, L. S., Jemmott, J. B., White, S. L., Talley, L. M., Chittamuru, D., & Kim, S., 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, Under Review

Selected Awards and Honors

▹ Waterhouse Family Institute Top Grant Award - Waterhouse Family Institute, Villanova University, 2019.

Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowship Award - Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2019.

Misinformation Research Grant Award - MisinfoCon, 2019.

Best Paper Award - Information Systems Division, ICA (International Communication Association), 2019.

Program Chair: Simulation Studies of Communication - Computational Methods Interest Group, ICA, 2019.

ICA Conference Travel Grant, 2019.

Computational Methods Interest Group Conference Travel Grant, ICA, 2019.

Conference Presentations

Kim, S., Oh, P., “Network Backfire Effect: Enhanced Network Heterogeneity Exacerbates Perceived Information Bias in Social Media,” National Communication Association (NCA) Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2019.

Kim, S., “Directionality of Information Flow and Echoes without Chambers,” Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington DC, May 2019.

      - Received the Top 4 Best Paper Award from the Information Systems Division, ICA.

Kim, S., “Chambers without Echoes: Computational and Experimental Evidence on Information Propagation in Homogeneous Networks,” Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Washington DC, May 2019.

      - Received Travel Grant from the Computational Methods Interest Group, ICA.

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.

Soojong Kim recently defended his dissertation at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies computational social science, focusing on social propagation of information. His research is based on advanced computational methods, including web-based experiments, computational modeling, and large-scale data analysis.

Kim's Network

  • Digital Media and Social Networks
  • Media and Communication Effects
  • Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research
  • Democracy & Information Group
  • Digital Media, Networks, and Political Communication Group