Your Professors & TAs

Prof. Hernando Rojas
Office hours: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Vilas 5168

Hernando Rojas is the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism at the SJMC. His scholarship focuses on political communication, in particular examining: (a) the deployment of new communication technologies for social mobilization; (b) the influence of audience perceptions of media (and audience perceptions of media effects) on both public opinion and the structure of the public sphere; and (c) the conditions under which media support democratic governance.


Prof. Kathryn McGarr
Office hours: Tuesday 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Vilas 5146

Kathryn McGarr is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on how the social and cultural dimensions of Washington reporting during and after World War II created the appearance of foreign policy consensus in the early Cold War period. She earned her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University, an M.S. from the Columbia Journalism School, and a B.A. in history from Stanford. Her first book was a political biography of the Washington power broker Bob Strauss, The Whole Damn Deal: Robert Strauss and the Art of Politics (Public Affairs, 2011).


Teaching Assistants

Min-Hsin Su
Office hours: Mondays 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Vilas 5165

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.


Chau Tong
Vilas 5009

Chau Tong is a doctoral student in SJMC at UW-Madison. She received her BA in English from Hanoi University, Vietnam and her MA in Communication from Ewha Womans University, Korea. She had experience working for a governmental finance magazine in Vietnam prior to graduate work. Her research interests involve political communication, public opinion, and policy discourse.


Ellie Yang
Office hours: Wednesdays 3:50–5:50 p.m.
Vilas 5050

Ellie Yang got her bachelor degree in Journalism from Fudan University in China and a research master in Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. Before joining UW, she worked professionally as an online editor for a popular show, “Night Talk”, at a Chinese video website, in charge of 45 episodes for two years. Her current research interest lies in the interplay of online and offline articulation, as well as how our public opinion influences policy-making.


Alex Zhi-Xiong Koo
Vilas 5050

Jianing Li

Alex Z.X. Koo is a doctoral student in the SJMC whose research interests include newsroom sociology, digital transformation of news media and online national identity formation. Prior to that, he was an editor of a Hong Kong news outlet and worked as an investigative reporter for multiple years. He finished his undergraduate education in Hong Kong and earned his Master degree in Political Philosophy from the University of York, UK. Also, he has served as a part-time pro-track lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University.


Soyun Ahn
Office hours: Thursdays 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Vilas 5050


Soyun Ahn is a research M.A. student interested in the innovations that form and reform communities, in particular how individuals can use emerging technology to find their places in the world. Before joining the SMJC, Soyun worked as a marketing/PR manager at a tech startup, and have helped to launch and grow an interest-based community platform that now draws ten million monthly unique visitors.
Soyun received her B.A in Communication and Law from Yonsei University in South Korea.


Xerxes Minocher
Office hours: Thursday 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Vilas 5050

Version 2Xerxes is a doctoral student in SJMC at UW-Madison. He received a BComm in IT Management from Ryerson University, Canada and an MSc in Marketing from Queen’s University, Canada. He has worked in public and private healthcare, project management, and international development sectors in Canada and abroad prior to graduate work. His research interests include consumer culture, social participation, and political communication.


Ran Tao
Office hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Vilas 5050

Ran Tao is a second-year Research M.A. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is currently interested in media psychology, public opinion, and media effects. She received her B.A in English and International Studies at China Foreign Affairs University. She interned in government institutions, advertising agency, publishing company and internet company in China.


Muheng Yu
Office Hours: Thursdays 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Vilas 5050


Muheng is a Research M.A. student. He received his B.A. in communication from the University of California, Davis. His research interests are media violence, and children, adolescents and the media.




Sang Jung Kim
Office hours: Mondays 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Vilas 5050

Sang Jung earned her B.A. in Communication and Political Science, and her M.A. in Communication, both from Yonsei University. Her research interest is in political communication, mainly focusing on the effect of political conversation on people’s relationship with others. She is also interested in research methodologies that analyze big data.




Leo Yuanliang Shan
Office hours: Thursday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Vilas 5165

Leo Yuanliang Shan is a graduate student in School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is interested in public opinion formation in undemocratic societies. Before graduate school, Leo worked in broadcast journalism and publishing industry in China. Leo received his bachelor degree in telecommunications from Ball State University, where he also worked as a research assistant in the department of economics.