Dr. Heesook Choi

Dr. Heesook Choi


  • Assistant Professor


Office: (662) 325-7951
200F McComas Hall



Heesook Choi is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University. Choi earned her Doctorate in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism (2019). Choi was a first-generation college student. She worked as a newspaper journalist for five years, during which time she wrote for major Korean American community newspapers in the U.S.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Journalism, University of Missouri - Columbia, 2019
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English Language and Literature, Gangneung-Wonju National University, 1995

Research interests:

Choi’s research involves media effects, journalism, political communication, new media, and race and media. Choi is broadly interested in audience selectivity in media consumption in the high-choice media environment, specifically related to political and civic effects of news media, political entertainment programming and new communication technologies. Her two primary programs of research are the impact of new technologies on newsrooms and the capacity of the Internet, more specifically social media, in interpersonal and mass communication to encourage engagement in civic and political life.


Book, Chapter

  • What mobilizes partisans? Exploring the underlying pathways between partisan media and political participation. An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the Electorate in the 2016 Campaign. Praeger. 40-60. 2018

Journal Article

  • How Partisan Cable News Mobilizes Viewers: Partisan Media, Discussion Networks and Political Participation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Pages 1-24. 2022
  • Times Are a Changin’ How a merger affects the construction of news processes. Journalism Studies. Volume 18, Issue 3, Pages 247-264. 2015
  • Who Sets the News Agenda on Twitter? Journalists’ posts during the 2013 US government shutdown. Digital Journalism. Volume 3, Issue 6, Pages 925-943. 2015