Research and Creative Interests
- News Media and Politics
- Political Communication
My name is Minchul Kim and I am a PhD Candidate in The Media School at Indiana University. My research primarily investigates how the interplay between media, individual psychological traits, and group dynamics guides political communication processes. I am especially interested in how individual psychological tendencies such as personality traits and conservativism condition the causes and the effects of group-based selection and processing of political information
I am currently working on my dissertation project, “Personalized and Emotionalized News Media Coverage of Muslim Victims: A test of Empathy-Altruism Mechanisms.” My dissertation project examines empathy-altruism mechanisms in a mediated inter-group contact context. I am specifically interested in whether and if so how news stories featuring victims of racial discrimination stimulate pro-social behavioral motivations by promoting empathy towards the victims.
I use a wide range of methodological approaches including but not limited to experiments, surveys, secondary data analysis, and computerized textual analysis. My research has appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, and International Journal of Communication.
Kim, M., & Lu, Y. (in press). Testing partisan selective exposure in a multidimensional choice context: Evidence from a conjoint experiment. Mass Communication & Society. doi:10.1080/15205436.2019.1636283 [pdf]
Kim, M. (2019). Parental influence on adolescent preference for television public affairs content: A South Korean panel study. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(2), 497-515. doi:10.1177/1077699018754910 [pdf]
Kim. M., & Kim, C. (2018). Personality-basis for partisan news media use: Openness to experience and consumption of liberal news media. Mass Communication & Society, 21(6), 814-833. doi:10.1080/15205436.2018.1506035 [pdf]
Kim. M. (2018). Neuroticism and information seeking surrounding the 2014 U.S. Ebola outbreak: Evidence from Internet panel study and Internet search trend data. Health & New Media Research, 2(2), 77-100. [pdf]
Grabe, M. E., Kleemans, M., Bas, O., Myrick, J. G., & Kim, M. (2017). Putting a human face on cold-hard-face: Effects of personalizing social issues on perceptions of issue importance. International Journal of Communication, 11, 907-929. [pdf]
Kim, M., & Cao, X. (2016). The impact of exposure to media messages promoting government conspiracy theories on distrust in the government: Evidence from a two-stage randomized experiment. International Journal of Communication, 10, 3808-3827. [pdf]