Min-Sun Kim

Min-Sun Kim



George 331

(808) 956-8052



As a native of Korea, I have experienced significant cultural challenges while studying in the U.S., and those experiences have led me to specialize in the area of intercultural communication. More recently, I have enjoyed exploring the nature of intelligent machines as the ultimate cultural outgroup in human-machine interactions.


  • PhD, Communication, Michigan State University, 1992
  • MA, Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, 1987
  • BA, Journalism, Ewha Womans University, 1985


Intercultural Communication; Artificial Intelligence and Communication; Persuasion and Social Influence


I received a PhD degree from the Department of Communication at Michigan State University and have specialized in the area of intercultural communication, social influence, and human-machine communication. I have written books, including Non-Western Perspectives on Human Communication (Sage, 2002), Changing Korea: Implications for Culture and Communication (Peter Lang, 2008), Intelligent Machines as Racialized Other: Toward Authentic Encounters (Peter Lang, forthcoming), and co-edited Hanryu: Its Influence in Asia and Beyond (Seoul National University Press, 2011). I served as the Editor of Korean Studies, a journal published by the Center for Korean Studies at UH Mānoa, Chair of the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communication Association, President of the Korean American Communication Association, and the Fulbright Specialist Scholar in the Department of World Cultures at the University of Helsinki, Finland.