Yong Jin Park

Professor School of Communications, Howard University

(Ph. D. University of Michigan) 

My research interest centers on social and policy implications of new technologies.

My current projects examine various dimensions of digital privacy. Another line of research includes innovative methodologies of big data and real-time observations, with practical implications. Underlying emphasis in my works is to generate empirical research with concrete policy and social values.

Quick Introduction:
Privacy, New Media Use and Skill, Mobile, New Media Policy, Algorithm and AI, Large Scale Secondary Data (Big Data) Use

I am a winner of the Top Paper Award, NCA 2015, Future Comm, Top Paper Award International Social Network Conference (DISC), TRIPLE HELIX, in 2014, the Top Three Faculty Paper Award Human Comm. Technology NCA, 2014; the Top Three Faculty Paper Award, Communication Technology Division 2012, AEJMC; Kappa Tau Award; and the Jung-Sook Lee Top Paper Award, AEJMC.

  • NCA 2017 Top Faculty Paper Award
  • Competitive Selection: Invited to Facebook/Freedom of Privacy Forum Workshop, Facebook, NYC, 2017
  • Invited to the Atlantic: Internet of Everything, Commerce 2.0, Newseum 
  • National TV News (YTN, S. Korea) Coverage of My IJOC Article, Oct 2017 
  • Watch national news coverage  

My proposals were funded by Scripps Foundation, 2016; Advertising Education Foundation, NYC to participate in VPP / Oligvy, Chicago 2013. I was also honored to receive James Carey-ICA Urban Communication Grant 2012. My work regarding digital information explosion has been covered in well-known media outlets such as the Huffington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Wall Street Journal. Another work on the effect of media ownership consolidation has been cited in a number of policy reports, mostly recently concerning FCC policy on NBC Universal/Comcast merger proposal. My latest research on teens' mobile use was also covered in a number of online media outlets in 2014. Most recently, my co-authored work on Facebook friends and political dialogues got attention from Huffington Post Live.  I served as a FCC panelist on public discussion regarding the information needs among the American public, with three of my co-authored policy briefs extensively reported in Communications Daily. In 2015, I was invited to the Facebook headquarters (Menlo Park, CA) for privacy, sexting, and teen-related works.  

My works (will) appear in Journalism, Policy and Internet, New Media and Society, Cyberpsychology Behavior and Social Networking, Social Science Computer Review, Telematics and Informatics, International Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Telecommunications Policy, Javnost-the public, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, Info: Journal of Policy, Regulation, and Telecommunications, Mobile Media and Communication, The Information Society, Government Information Quarterly, Communication Teacher, Journal of Information Policy, First Monday, Sociology Compass, and more. In addition, I was EPIC research fellow and contributed to East Asian section of Privacy & Human Rights Report by the EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) in Washington DC. More than 25 of my works have been presented at numerous referred conferences such as TPRC, AEJMC, ICA, MPSA, NCA, and IAMCR.

At Howard, I teach Research Method, Communication Policy, Emerging New Communication Technologies, and Race, Gender, Media. I am also a member of Howard Media Group, a social science research group with the goal of expanding access to the (new) media among under-served communities. I obtained my Ph.D. in Communications, from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a MA in Communication Management, from Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, and a BA in Media Studies, from University of San Francisco.