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Minkyung Kim

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Contact Information

Lincoln Hall, 4002

Office Hours

Summer 2023: by appointment
Assistant Professor


Minkyung Kim researches organizational communication and its impacts on community resilience and sustainability. Specifically, she studies organizations serving vulnerable populations and how they leverage and navigate communication processes like inter-organizational networks to maximize their capacity for community impact. She also researches symbolic, material, and mediated artifacts as forms of organizing and how such empower culturally and politically marginalized communities. Kim’s works have been published in the Journal of Communication, Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and mainstream and ethnic news media in South Korea and Europe. 

As a former PR specialist, Kim worked in the private and nonprofit sectors. She is also heavily involved in ESL education in Korea and has written a series of textbooks for novice to advanced English learners. She served as a key member in launching a new 1:1 English education platform for professionals in finance and engineering.








Research Interests

Organizational communication, community resilience, global/ intercultural communication, inter-organizational networks, digital inequality, ethnic media, intercultural rhetoric


Ph.D. Communication, Rutgers University

B.A. & M.A., Communication Studies, Colorado State University

TESOL, Ewha Womans University


Global Partnership Grant

Provost Research Grant


Awards and Honors

Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award, National Communication Association

Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

Top Paper Award in Intercultural Division, International Communication Association

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

Courses Taught

Organizational Communication

Organizations and Community Impact

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Communication

Highlighted Publications

Kim, M., & Williams, E.A. (2022). Emotional sustainability in human services organizations: Cultural and communicative paths to dealing with emotional work. Sustainability, 14 (15470), 1-17, doi:

Doerfel, M.L., Kim, M., Kwestel, M., Youn, H., & Quow, J. (2022). Resilience organizing: A multi-level communication framework. Journal of Communication, 00, 1-14. doi:

Kim, M., Kwestel, M., Youn, H., Quow, J., & Doerfel, M.L. (2021). Serving the vulnerable while being vulnerable: Organizing resilience in a social service sector. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 00 (0), 1-22, Doi:10.1177/08997640211013912

Khrebtan-Hörhager, J., & Kim, M. (2020). Re-Membering Comfort Women: From on-screen storytelling and rhetoric of materiality to re-thinking history and belonging. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 106(4), 427-452, Doi:10.1080/00335630.2020.1828606.

Recent Publications

Kim, M., & Kwestel, M. (in press/forthcoming). Unengaged Presence: The Paradox of Refugee Voices on Humanitarian Organizations’ Websites. In J. Sergio, J. Khrebtan-Hörhager, A. Soto-Vásquiz, & M. Lechuga (Eds.). Migrant World Making, East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.