Ji Young Kim

Ji Young Kim

Associate Professor


Crawford 309

(808) 956-3353


My teaching areas include communication research, public relations campaigns, international public relations, and strategic communication. I have also served UHM’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), a pre-professional student organization headquartered in New York City, since 2015.


  • PhD, Mass Communication, University of Florida, 2012
  • MS, New Media, Syracuse University, 2007
  • BA, Business Administration/Mass Communication, Sogang University, 2005


Strategic communication; public relations; international public relations; and mass communication.


My research interests focus on political campaigns and public relations, strategic communication and media effects, as well as public relations in the age of social media. I have contributed to the theoretical development of agenda-building and agenda-setting theories that describe media and other information sources’ influence on people regarding what and how they understand certain topics. I have also demonstrated the usefulness of these theories in several communication contexts in the US and the global world.