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Younei Soe

Younei Soe

Adjunct faculty member, Department of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC)

Ph. D. Dissertation: New Media, Youth, and Political socialization
(Awarded the 2012 Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award by the Communication and Technology (CAT) division of the International Communication Association (ICA))

ysoe 'at' indiana 'dot' edu


My research has focused on understanding how individuals use new media technologies to make sense of both the political landscape and the wider information environment. I conduct interdisciplinary research in mass communication and information studies, with additional specialization in social informatics, the study of the social aspects of computerization. In my dissertation, I investigated how young adults incorporate news and information from new media into their understandings of politics and civic life. My dissertation won the 2012 Herbert Dordick Dissertation Award from the Communication and Technology Division of International Communication Association (ICA):

Rosenberg, Ken (April 16, 2012). Younei Soe’s Dissertation Award. gradspace@IUtel:

Georgetown University Communication, Culture, and Technology (April, 2012). CCT Alumnus Younei Soe Receives Dordick Dissertation Award:

I previously worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., where I coauthored an article on the digital divide in Korea with senior economist Catherine Mann. This article expanded on my master’s thesis from Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology Program. At Georgetown, I developed an interest in the social sciences. Prior to this experience, my interest in the humanities and liberal arts led me to study applied linguistics and linguistic semantics in the English Department at Arizona State University, where I received my first master’s degree.