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Do Own Donna Kim

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Donna is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago's Department of Communication. She studies everyday, playful digital cultures and mediated social interactions. She is particularly interested in the questions of what “(being) real” and being together mean in emerging technological contexts. Her work examines boundary-crossing communication practices, with a focus on physical/virtual/hybrid places, norms and categories, and the notion of being human/artificial. Donna also writes about Korean digital feminism and popular media. Her work can be found in journals such as New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society, Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (CHI PLAY), and Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies.
Donna received her Ph.D. degree in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is a Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies Alum.


PhD, University of Southern California, Communication, 2022
MA, University of Southern California, Communication 2020
BA, Korea University, Media & Communication and English Language and Literature, 2015