Sookyong Ko


Ph.D. Student, Communication, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2017-present.

M.A., Mass Communication, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, 2015.

B.A., Mass Communication, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, 2013.


Sookyong Ko is a doctoral student in University of California, San Diego. Before coming to UCSD, she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Sogang University, Seoul, Korea and worked as a media researcher in Seoul. Her research interest primarily lies in understanding how people perceive and interact with virtual media, with theoretical interest in the traditions of (mainly French) phenomenology. The scope of her interest covers issues such as; the human perception of virtual visualities, the cognitive embodiment of sensorial/affective data, and the construction of subjectivity and presence through emotional, sensational, and affective media interactions.

Research Interests 

Media theory, phenomenology, visual culture, visual semiotics, cultural studies, affect theory, emotional and sensual aspects of media interaction, theories on evolving media and human perception of information.


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