School Division of General Studies
Position Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Communication Studies, The University of Iowa
Interdisciplinary Certificate in the Project on Rhetorics of Inquiry (POROI), The University of Iowa
Areas of Research and Teaching
Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Courses Taught at UNIST
Topics in Communication Studies: Rhetorics of Techno-Science
Introduction to Communication Studies
Speaking and Writing: Rhetorical Approaches
Scholarly Publications (Selected)
Sung, Minkyu (2015), “The Biopolitic of North Korea: Political Crisis, the Body, and Visual Power,” Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 28 (2), pp. 31-55.
Sung, Minkyu (2015), “An Abuse of Culture: North Korean Settlers, Multiculturalism, and Liberal Democracy,” Asian Social Science 11 (4), pp. 48-54.
Kim, Son-Ho and Sung, Minkyu (2014), “Empathy as a Communication Concept,” Media and Society 22 (1), pp. 5-34. (in Korean)
Sung, Minkyu (2013), “On Being Scattered: John Durham Peters’s Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication,” in Korea Association of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Studies (ed.) Canonic Texts in Broadcasting and Telecommunications Studies. Seoul: CultureLook. (in Korean)
Sung, Minkyu (2013), “Ethico-Politics of Courage and Communication: An Understanding through Michel Foucault’s Work,” Korean Journal of Journalism and Communication Studies 57 (4), pp. 218-242. (in Korean) *New Scholar’s Best Paper of the Year in the Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies
Sung, Minkyu (2013), “The Psychiatric Power of Neoliberal Citizenship: North Koreans in South Korea,” in Kyung-Sup Chang (ed.) South Korea in Transition: Politics and Culture of Citizenship. London and New York: Routledge.
Sung, Minkyu (2013), “Social Darwinism in Modern Korea: A Rhetoric of Historical Inquiry,” Korean Journal of Rhetoric 18 (1), pp. 143-165.
Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Recasting the ‘Inter-Korea’ in National Reconciliation,” Acta Koreana 15 (1), pp. 201-219.
Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Perfomativity of Ethical Practices in an Era of Neo-Liberalism: Television Courtroom Shows, Governmentality, and Television Culture,” Social Science Review 43 (1), pp. 151-170.
Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Book Review: Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea,” Pacific Affairs 85 (2), pp. 422-424.
Sung, Minkyu (2012), “Social Media’s Cultural Politics: the Aestheticization of Journalism in an Era of ‘Excessive’ Communication,” Communication Theories 8 (1), pp. 30-60 (in Korean).
Sung, Minkyu (2011), “Information Access Rights and Digital Culture,” Journal of Image and Cultural Contents 4, pp. 27-44 (in Korean).
Sung, Minkyu (2010), “Questioning the Neo-Liberal ‘Dromocratic’ Regime: Politics of ‘Speed’ and Urban Communication Networks in Neo-Liberal Restructuring,” Communication Science 27 (2), pp. 3-34.
Lee, Young-Suk and Sung, Minkyu (2010), “A New Direction on Korean Buddhist Culture Studies in the Digital Ubiquitous Communication: An Understanding of Religious Character Classifications,” Korea Design Forum 29, pp. 421-430 (in Korean).
Sung, Minkyu (2010), “The Psychiatric Power of Neo-liberal Citizenship: the North Korean Human Rights Crisis, North Korean Settlers, and Incompetent Citizens,” Citizenship Studies 14 (2), pp. 127-144.
Sung, Minkyu (2009), “The ‘Truth Politics’ of Anti-North Koreanism: the Post-Ideological Cultural Representation of North Korea and the Cultural Criticisms of Korean Nationalism,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 10 (3), pp. 439-459.
Invited Reports (Selected)
Sung, Minkyu (2009), “Trends in U.S. Television Production: Hollywood Runaway Production and ‘Location Interests,’” in Ho-Jin Yoon (ed.) Understanding the HD TV Drama Production Infrastructures. Seoul: Korea: Korea Broadcasting Institute, pp. 207-226.
Sung, Minkyu (2008), “The Freedom of Information Act: A Lesson to New Conservative Liberal Democracy in South Korea,” Bangsong Munhwa (Broadcasting Culture), November, pp. 30-34.
Sung, Minkyu (2007), “U.S. Broadband Policy Regulations on the “White Space” and the Production of Digital Culture,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 260, pp. 1-9.
Sung, Minkyu (2007), “How Can We Construct the Grassroots Network of Digital Culture? Revisiting the Network Neutrality Debate,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 259, pp. 1-10.
Sung, Minkyu (2007), “Is Media Convergence Promoting Market Competitions?” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 248, pp. 3-9.
Sung, Minkyu (2006), “Social Digitalization and Digital Populism: Keywords in the US Network Industry,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 245, pp. 42-48.
Sung, Minkyu (2006), “A New Participatory Democracy? Interactive Television and Mass-Customized Culture,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 236, pp. 30-38.
Sung, Minkyu (2006), “The Privatization of Public Memory: Independent Documentary Production and the Smithsonian-Showtime Project,” Korean Broadcasting Institute Broadcasting Trend and Analysis, no. 231, pp. 11-19.
Honors and Awards (Selected)
National Research Foundation of Korea Research Grant, Rhetorics of The Body in Pain (2015-16)
New Scholar’s Best Paper Award, Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies (2013)
National Research Foundation of Korea Research Grant, Multiculturalism and Public Culture (2013-14)
National Research Foundation of Korea Research Grant, Rhetoric of Science in Korea (2011-2012)
Summer Graduate Fellow (2009), The University of Iowa
Department of Communication Studies Dissertation Finishing Fellow (2008), The University of Iowa
University of Iowa Stanley Foundation Fellow (2006), The University of Iowa
Crossing Borders Fellow (2005-2008), The University of Iowa
Professional Service and Academic Networks (Selected)
Director of Student Residence, UNIST (2014-present)
Public Relations and External Cooperation Committee, UNIST (2011-2014)
Student Affairs Committee, UNIST (2013-present)
Humanities Committee, Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies (2012)
Editorial Board Member, Communication Theories (2011-2013), Journal of Korean Broadcasting and Telecommunications (2014-2016), Media and Society (2014-present)
Special Project Committee, Korea Women’s Communication Association (2012)
Rhetoric Society of Korea; Korea Association of Journalism and Communication Studies; Korea Association for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Studies; Korea Association for Communication and Information Studies
Ad Hoc Reviewer:
Journal of Sociology, Asian Journal of Communication, Citizenship Studies, International Journal of Cultural Policy