Ki Joon Kim is Assistant Professor of New Media and Human–Technology Interaction in the Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong. He is also Associate Editor of Behaviour & Information Technology, a premier SSCI journal for the study of the social, behavioral, and psychological impact of human interactions with information and communications technology. Kim holds a doctoral degree in Human–Computer Interaction from Sungkyunkwan University (under the supervision of Chair Professors S. Shyam Sundar at Penn State and Frank A. Biocca at Syracuse) and bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Film & Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining CityU in 2016, he served as the National Research Foundation Endowed Research Professor in the Interaction Science Research Center at Sungkyunkwan University.
Kim primarily investigates the psychological antecedents and consequences of human–technology interaction by examining how humans respond to various affordances (e.g., modality, agency, interactivity, navigability) present in digital media. Specifically, he explores the process by which these affordances influence the behavioral and psychological outcomes of technology–mediated communication. Kim also develops theoretical paradigms in which human interactions with the latest pervasive technology, such as the Internet of Things, wearable devices, and autonomous vehicles, are perceived as socially meaningful and persuasive.
As one of the most accomplished young scholars in the field, Kim has received a total of USD 188,000 in research grants as a sole principal investigator and published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in outlets including the Journal of Computer–Mediated Communication, Human Communication Research, the International Journal of Human–Computer Studies, and the Journal of Business Research. His works have been cited over 1,400 times and featured in major international news outlets, including TIME, CNN, NBC News, Fox News, and the Guardian, as well as in local media in more than 15 countries. Kim is the Department's first and only recipient of the New Researcher Award and Teaching Start-Up Grant recognizing his distinguished research excellence and innovative teaching initiatives at the University.
REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
(SSCI = 34, SCI/SCIE = 6, cumulative IF = 81.713, Google Scholar Citations)
*Corresponding author | Underline denotes student author advised by Kim
- Kim, K. J. (forthcoming). Can the Internet of Things (IoT) be the next big thing? Understanding the emergence of IoT from a psychological perspective. [SSCI]
- Kang, H., & Kim, K. J. (forthcoming). Feeling connected to smart objects? A moderated mediation model of locus of agency, anthropomorphism, and sense of connectedness. International Journal of Human–Computer Studies. [SSCI top 30%, 2018 JCR IF = 2.006]
- Wang, S., & Kim, K. J.* (online first). Consumer response to negative celebrity publicity: The effects of moral reasoning strategies and fan identification. Journal of Product & Brand Management. [SSCI, 2018 JCR IF = 2.018]
- Dehghani, M., & Kim, K. J.* (online first). The effects of design, size, and uniqueness of smartwatches: Perspectives from current versus potential users. Behaviour & Information Technology. [SSCI, 2018 JCR IF = 1.429]
- Park, E., & Kim, K. J. (2019). What drives "customer loyalty"? The role of corporate social responsibility. Sustainable Development, 27, 304-311. [SSCI #1 in Green & Sustainable Science, 2018 JCR IF = 3.821]
- Dehghani, M., & Kim, K. J. (2019). Past and present research on wearable technologies: Bibliometric and cluster analyses of published research from 2000 to 2016. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 16(1), Article No. 1950007. [SCOPUS]