Faculty member makes history with dual doctorate
By Philip Hadley
University News Service
December 4, 2007
Hyun Jung Yun
“It wasn’t something I planned in the beginning,” Yun said. “I had a research idea that crossed two different disciplines. My advisors said they thought it was important for me to understand both fields and help fill in some discrepancies between them.”
Yun has a Ph.D. in political science and another in journalism and mass communication. Her research is focused on public opinion, geo-politics, and political communication related to campaigning. She said earning both degrees at the same time was not an easy task.
“I was just like a normal Ph.D. student, a lot of late nights and weekends working on things,” Yun said. “At the same time I was also a research assistant and a teaching assistant. I would stay up late, sometimes until two or three in the morning, doing school work and research.”
Yun said she tried hard not to let school consume every aspect of her life and often found relief from schoolwork by attending sporting events.
Yun’s first semester was comprised of teaching media and public opinion and a graduate seminar in program evaluation. Yun said she is happy to be at
“Yun is very knowledgeable in the area of mass media and political communication,” Garcia said. “She definitely makes the class interesting and very interactive. We have learned a lot about how politicians use the media to their advantage.”
“I want to use some of the resources here in
“I don’t deserve all the credit,” Yun said. “I contribute my success to all the positive people around me. I was very lucky to have great faculty members, family and friends. All those people deserve to have this honor.”
Yun has four peer-reviewed journal articles published, two book chapters and nine encyclopedia entries and has been involved in grant-supported research.