Sangwon Lee

Communication Science

Teaching Assistant


6051 Vilas Hall

Sangwon Lee

Expertise and Activities

My research interests include uses and effects of new media technologies; mass communication and media effects; civic engagement and public opinion formation. In particular, I focus on how social media use changes the ways in which people learn about, engage with, and form opinions on political and social issues.



  • M.A. Communication, Michigan State University, 2015
  • B.A. Media & Communication, Korea University, Seoul, 2013


  • Emerging Scholar Award for the 16th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, 2020
  • Student Research Grants Competition (SRGC) Travel Award, 2019
  • KACA-AEJMC Student Travel Grant Award (one recipient selected), 2018
  • Graduate Student Research Grants, 2018
  • Student Research Grants Competition (SRGC) Travel Award, 2018
  • Herman Award (excellence in research), 2018
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, 2018
  • NCA Caucus Student Travel Grant, 2018
  • Department Fellowship, 2018
  • Elliott Dissertation Scholarship, 2016
  • Pearce Award, 2015
  • Summer Research Fellowship (From Michigan State University), 2014


  • In press. “Predicting AI-News Credibility: Communicative Capital or Social Capital or Both?.” (With Seungahn Nah, Deborah Chung, and Junghwan Kim). Communication Studies.
  • 2020. “Do Corrective Effects Last? Results from a Longitudinal Experiment on Beliefs toward Immigration in the U.S. (With Dustin Carnahan and Daniel Bergan). Political Behavior
  • 2019. “Social distraction? Social media use and political knowledge in two US Presidential elections (With Michael Xenos).” Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 18-25.
  • 2019. “Connecting Social Media Use with Gaps in Knowledge and Participation in Protest Context: The Case of Candle Light Vigil in South Korea.” Asian Journal of Communication, 29, 111-127.
  • 2019. “The Combined Effects of Organizational Engagement and Social Media Use on Protest Participation.” International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, 14, 21-31.
  • 2018. “The Role of Social Media in Protest Participation: Case of Candle Light Vigil in South Korea.” International Journal of Communication, 12, 1523-1540.
  • 2017. “How partisan newspapers represented a pandemic: the case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea (With Jihyun Esther Paik).” Asian Journal of Communication, 27, 82-96.
  • 2017. “Implications of counter-attitudinal information exposure in further information-seeking and attitude change.” Information Research, 22


  • Forthcoming. “Social Media Use and Social Movements.” In J. van den Bulck, E. Scharrer, D. Ewoldsen, & M. L. Mares (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Media Psychology. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • 2016. “Diffusion of Innovations.” (With James Dearing). In K. Jensen & R. Craig (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy (pp. 543-548). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

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