Western Kentucky University

Department of Communication Staff - Jieyoung Kong

Jieyoung Kong, Ph.D.

Jieyoung Kong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office:  FAC 141
Phone:  270-745-6578
Email:  jieyoung.kong@wku.edu


Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication



Transculturation, Communities of Practice, Intercultural Dialogue, Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Method


Jieyoung Kong received her doctorate in communication from Arizona State University in 2012.  She earned her Master's in English Language Testing and in International Area Studies from Korea University.  Her interest in intercultural communication led her  to a dissertation project titled, "Opening Fields Trough Aikido: An Embodied Dialogic Practice at a Martial Arts Dojo", an ethnographic study examining the transculturation process of a Japanese marial art tradition in the U.S.  Although born in South Korea, Jieyoung is a global nomad who lived in Surinam, Italy, Ethiopia, and Libya.  Both her teaching and research interest goes beyond improving communication across national, ethnic and racial lines, to attend to spaces and practices where mixing and borrowing as well as gaps and incoherence emerge to give way to new possibilities in today's heightened global connectivity.  She is new to Bowling Green and WKU and is thrilled to take part in their growing diversity.

 Last Modified 7/22/13