Heysung Lee


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Heysung Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Political Science Methods in American Politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ewha Womans University in South Korea and her master’s degree in Communication from Michigan State University before joining UW-Madison.

Her research interests are broadly concerning those issues and specifically include three major lines of inquiry: (a) the information-seeking behaviors in mass and interpersonal communication and their relationship with political attitudes; (b) polarization stirred by news use and perception of media and public opinion; and (c) cross-cultural variations in media consumption and democratic engagement considering cultural and historical contexts. Her research has been published in Human Communication Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and Social Science Quarterly.

Her interdisciplinary approach includes political science, comparative studies, and political psychology, aiming to investigate these topics not only within the U.S. but also in a global context. Her methodologies are mainly quantitative, including experiments, surveys, and computational techniques.