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Ji Hoon Park, Ph.D.

Specialty Areas: Cultural Studies, Documentary Film and Video (including production), Reality Television, Minorities in the Media, and Audience Research.

Park received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). He received his B.A. at Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) and M.A. at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). His doctoral dissertation research explores the representation of race in reality television programming and its audience reception. The reality genre has possibilities of counter-hegemonic cultural politics, and his dissertation addresses whether reality television can serve as a cultural forum that allows consideration and discussion of important issues regarding race.

While a graduate student, Park earned three Top Student Paper Awards from major communication associations, including The International Communication Association (2005), The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2006), and The National Communication Association (2007).

Park's academic interest in minorities in the media is reflected in his practice of ethnographic documentary filmmaking. He directed and produced three documentaries on transsexuals that have been critically acclaimed across the United States. "I Am Who I Am: My Life As A Transsexual" (53min, 2003) which aired on Philadelphia's WYBE Public Television is used by a variety of educational institutions. "Latina, Rome, and Their Family" (25min, 2004) was screened not only in the United States but also internationally, including The Netherlands.

Courses taught by Professor Park:

  • COMM 251. Media Production I: Introduction to Digital Media Production
  • COMM 352. Media Production II: Media Literacy
  • COMM 357. Social Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • COMM 395. Communication and Race
  • COMM 451. Media Theory


Ji Hoon Park, Nadine G. Gabbadon, & Ariel R. Chernin. (2006, March). "Naturalizing Racial Differences Through Comedy: Asian, Black, and White Views on Racial Stereotypes in Rush Hour 2." Journal of Communication, 56 (1), 157-177.