Your Professor & TAs

Prof. Chris Wells
Office hours: Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Vilas 5004

Chris Wells is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studies how citizens become informed and engaged through digital media, the civic identity and communication preferences of youth and young adults, problems of misinformation and biased information processing, and how social media datasets can inform our understanding of politics and activism.

He is the author of, The Civic Organization and the Digital Citizen: Communicating Engagement in a Networked Age, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Before attending graduate school, he worked in strategic communication and political advocacy for an environmental organization.


Teaching Assistants

Jiawei Liu
Office hours: Thursdays 10:45-11:45 a.m., or by appointment
Vilas 5165

Jiawei Liu is the lead teaching assistant for J201. As a doctoral student, Liu’s research interests revolve around using empirical methods to explore the effects of mass media messages in the context of political and health communication. His theoretical work on framing effects has appeared in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. His research on verbal-visual interplay has won the Top Four Paper Award from the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association. Liu earned his M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional experience includes internships at the Global Times and CNN’s Beijing Bureau. He also co-edited a documentary that was aired on PBS.

Jinha Kim
Office hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Vilas 5007

Jinha Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the SJMC at UW-Madison, with B.A. and M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Korea University, where she doubled majored in Political Science and International relations. Before graduate school, she interned at TV and radio broadcasting systems in Korea and non-profit organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at Israeli branch and other NGOs in Korea. Now, she is researching the ways ordinary people make sense of facts of health issues, predicating on the social and political nature of ‘scientific knowledge.’

Eunyoung Myung
Office hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Vilas 5022

Eunyoung Myung is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her current research interest lies in health information seeking behavior. Before joining the SJMC, she received her B.A. in Multimedia Journalism from University of Texas at Austin, and her M.A. in Liberal studies at University of Pennsylvania.



Jianing Li
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Vilas 5050

Jianing Li

Jianing Li is a first year Research MA in School of Journalism and Communication. She has operated a 1.3 million subscriber channel during an internship in China’s largest social media platform Sina, and increased its followers by 120% in four months; She was also the president of the first student newspaper at the Peking University. Recently her research interests focus on Internet user behavior and media effects. She likes cooking, traveling, and has been to six different countries.

Margarita M. Orozco A
Office hours: Fridays 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Vilas 5165


Margarita holds a BA in Mass Communication and a MA in Journalism.  She has a special interest in Latin America, particularly, in topics related to political communication, media effects, public opinion, and deliberation in conflict contexts.
She is currently a columnist at Semana Magazine, one of the most important publications in Colombia. She has also worked as a journalist in Chile and Argentina, and as International Fellow for Journalism and Democracy at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton Ohio.

Yidong Wang
Office hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Vilas 5050

Version 2Yidong Wang (Steven) is a research MA student in SJMC at UW-Madison. He received his BA in International Journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University. His research interests focus on the interaction between mass media and public culture. He also writes about political rhetoric and film/theater studies. Wang once interned at the video desk of the AFP Hong Kong Bureau.

Min-Hsin Su
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Min-Hsin Su

Min-Hsin Su is a PhD student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research interests focus on media effects, media psychology, and public opinion research. Specifically, she is interested in the concept of public opinion formation as social-level dynamics, as well as its relevance for democratic societies in today’s changing media environment. Before joining the SJMC, she received her M.A. in International Communication from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan.

Juwon Hwang
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., or by appointment
Vilas 5165


Juwon Hwang is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in UW-Madison . Her current research interest lies in media effects, focusing on the shift toward mediated communication. She is interested in people’s information processing and decision-making processes in the context of health and political communication. She earned her M.A. in Mass Communication from Seoul National University.


Brandon Storlie
Office hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m., or by appointment
Vilas 5050

Brandon Storlie is on the Research MA track, currently completing a
thesis focused on Ernest Hemingway’s influence on journalism in the mid-20th century. His primary research interests include literary journalism, media history and political communication. Before coming back to the SJMC, Brandon received a BA in Journalism and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin.

Yiping Xia
Office hours: Wednesdays 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Vilas 5050

Yiping Xia is a master’s student at the SJMC. He comes from Shanghai, China, where he also completed his undergraduate study. His research interests center around digital technology, civic engagement, and activism. He is currently working on a case study of a rising civic tech community in Taiwan. His peer-reviewed essay, titled “More than book reading: a case study on Liren Rural Library”, has been published in the journal Communication and the Public in 2016. He and his Twitter self (@Xiayp) are happy to talk about soccer, indie music, among other cool things.