Michael (‘Dokyum’ is his Korean name) joined the doctoral program in the School of Communication in 2019. His scholarly interests primarily lie in investigating the international dynamics of development communication and communication for social change (CSC) from a critical perspective. He believes that media continue to play a significant role in international development, and in promoting social change especially within the current global media landscape where ‘everything is mediatized’. Therefore, he insists on being attentive to the socio-cultural/political processes and consequences of media & communication in the context.
Before joining the School of Communication, Michael finished his first-year doctoral studies in Media Studies at The University of Texas at Austin where he made his transfer from, following his advisor. He earned his B.A. degree in Media and Communication from Hanyang University, Seoul, S. Korea and an MSc degree in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Michael is the 2016 winner of the Best Dissertation Prize from the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.