Inkyu Kang, Ph.D.

Inkyu Kang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Journalism, Communication
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ERIE, PA 16563

    Dr. Inkyu Kang is an Associate Professor of Digital Journalism. His research interests include new media technologies, visual communication, and global media. At Penn State Behrend, he teaches mass media, journalism, graphic design, and multimedia production. Before joining Behrend, he taught television and popular culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from which he holds a Ph.D. in Communication Arts.

    Dr. Kang has written two books, contributing to several journals and anthologies including Korean Popular Culture Reader (2014, Durham: Duke University Press) and K-Pop: The International Rise of the Korean Music Industry (2015, London: Routledge). He co-authored/co-edited a book on sports and media, published by Routledge in 2017. He received the “Best Faculty Paper” award at the International Communication Association conference in 2014 and the “Best Paper” award at the National Communication Association conference in 2008.

    Dr. Kang is also an award-winning journalist/translator. He has been writing for OhmyNews, the world’s first participatory news medium, earning the “Journalist of the Year” awards in 2008 and 2011. He has translated a number of books including Social Networks and Blogs (2010), Entertainment and Gaming (2010), and Semiotics: The Basics (2003, London: Routledge). Before entering academia, Dr. Kang worked in the fashion industry, moonlighting as an illustrator and cartoonist. He is convinced that Erie has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. He loves long walks on Presque Isle, photographing its breathtaking views. 

    Courses Taught

    • COMM 001, Newspaper Practicum
    • COMM 002, Newspaper Editorial Staff
    • COMM 100, The Mass Media and Society
    • COMM 251, The Nature of Media
    • COMM 260W, News Writing and Reporting
    • COMM 241, Graphic Design for Communications
    • COMM 270, Introduction to Multimedia Production
    • COMM 315, Applications for Media Writing
    • COMM 363, Desktop Publishing
    • COMM 470A, Convergent Media News Service: Newspaper Production
    • GD 100, Introduction to Graphic Design
    Research Interests

    new media technology, global media, visual communication, media semiotics


    The Internet is plural: The sociopolitical shaping of the Russian and Korean "internets" - April 30, 2019
    Collaborator: Alexander Marchenko, Co-Author

    Sport in Korea: History, development, management - January, 2018
    Collaborators: Dae Hee Kwak, Co-Editor; Yong Jae Ko, Co-Editor; Mark Rosentraub, Co-Editor

    Sport in Korea: Introduction - January 30, 2018
    Collaborators: Dae Hee Kwak, Co-Author; Yong Jae Ko, Co-Author; Mark Rosentraub, Co-Author

    Who's afraid of soccer fans? The double-edged sword of South Korea's sports nationalism - January 30, 2018

    Technology, culture, and meanings: How the discourses of progress and modernity have shaped South Korea’s Internet diffusion, Media, Culture & Society - July 30, 2017

    Web 2.0, UGC, and citizen journalism: Revisiting South Korea’s OhmyNews model in the age of social media, Telematics and Informatics - July 30, 2016

    The rise and fall of neo-authoritarianism: 2013-2018 - February 20, 2016

    The political economy of idols: South Korea’s neoliberal restructuring and its impact on the entertainment labor force - January 30, 2015

    New technology, old habits: The decline of the Internet as a democratic tool in South Korea, International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development - October 30, 2014

    It all started with a bang: The role of PC bangs in South Korea’s cybercultures - February 28, 2014

    Entertainment and gaming - August, 2013

    On being a journalist - April, 2013

    'The end of men: And the rise of women' by Hanna Rosin, New York: Riverhead Books, 2012. - April, 2013

    Social networks and blogs - December, 2012

    Destroyed and ignored: Essays on social change - November, 2012

    'Were you born on the wrong continent?' by Thomas Geoghegan, New York: The New Press, 2011. - April, 2012

    Going online in the PC graveyard: The sociocultural evolution of Japan’s mobile Internet - March, 2011

    Reading into American cultural codes - August, 2008

    Semiotics: The basics - November, 2006

    Semiotics: The struggle over meaning - October, 2003

    Advertising, masculinity, and the myth of virility - September, 2002


    Ph D, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    MA, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    MA, Media Studies, Sogang University

    BA, English, International Economics, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies