Cover photo for the 69th annual ICA Conference
International Communication Association

Annenberg at ICA 2019

USC Annenberg doctoral students will be in Washington, D.C. this weekend for the International Communication Association conference. Over 40 current students (as well as faculty and alumni) will present their work at the annual gathering of communication scholars.

A full conference program can be found online.



Jeeyun Baik, Nathaniel Ming Curran, Hyun Tae Calvin Kim, "A Tale of Two Summits: Mediation of North Korean Government Press Releases on the Trump-Kim and Moon-Kim Summits of 2018," North Korea and Communication Preconference

Courtney Cox, Perry Johnson, "Superbowling for Change: The Acoustic Territory of the Super Bowl Halftime Show," Sports Communication and Social Justice Preconference

Joo-Wha Hong, "Understanding the Decisions Made by Artificial Intelligence Based Hiring Tool," Communicating with Machines: Boundless Imagination Preconference

Joo-Wha Hong, "What if AI becomes Racist?: The relationship between the autonomy of computers and blame in human-machine interation," Communicating with Machines: Boundless Imagination Preconference

Steffie Kim, "What's in a Name?: The Role of Labels in Shaping Perceived Boundaries of Private Space for Home-Based Digital Assistants," Communicating with Machines: Boundless Imagination Preconference

Deborah Neffa Creech, "Topic Avoidance in Conversations with Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes," Difficult Conversations in Healthcare Preconference

Hoan Nguyen, "Mobile Communications Under the Radar: Assessing the impact of Mobile Phone Use Among Women from Developing Nations," Boundary Conditions in Mobile Communication Preconference

Amber Lynn Scott, "Flying Off the Handle: Difficult Conversations Between U.S. Navy Flight Surgeons and U.S. Navy Pilots," Difficult Conversations in Healthcare Preconference

Sulafa Zidani, "Say It Again: Language and Power in Internet Memes," Crossing Boundaries in Visual Communication Research Preconference


Saturday, May 25

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Marina Litvinsky, Briana Ellerbe, Deborah Neffa Creech, Chi Zhang, Sandra Ball-Rokeach, I am the change to this neighborhood. I am gentrification: Artist identity, perceptions, and integration in a gentrifying community 

Larry Zhiming Xu, What is Stronger than Fear is Hope: Effects of Emotional Flow in Crowdfunding Narrative Processing 

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Frances Corry, Failure Objects: Flops, fascination, and bad feelings in the Vasa Museum and the Museum of Failure 

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

TJ Billard, What is it to 'Design'? The Variable Meanings of the Design Concept Among Media and Technology Professionals in an American City

Traci Gillig, Leila Bighash, Effects of an Emerging Network on Self-Esteem and Depressive Symptoms Among LGBTQ Youth 

Liyuan Leah Wang, Lynn Miller, Evaluating the Feasibility of Using Multivariate Meta-analysis to Examine the Association between Traits and Communication Patterns 

2:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Paromita Sengupta, Having the Last Laugh: Networked Humor and the Disruption of Rape Culture on Social Media 

Lauren Sowa, Do you hear the people rap?: Broadway's broadening of the public sphere through Les Miserables and Hamilton 

3:00 - 4:45 p.m.

TJ Billard, Rethinking (and Retheorizing) Transgender Media Representation

Grace Yuehan Wang, From Silicon Valley to Silicon Delta: A Case Study of Shenzhen in Its 40th Year Anniversary of Open Reform Policy


Sunday, May 26

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Sierra Bray, Moms Who Code: Unfit for the Job? An Assessment of Bias Toward Female Software Engineer Profiles on LinkedIn 

Hyun Tae Calvin Kim, Beyond Protests to Future (Political) Action? The Mediating Roles of Consumption and Assessment of Digital Political Content in the aftermath of the 2016-2017 South Korean Candlelight Protests 

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Natalie Jonckheere, Audiences, Publics, Voting, and Affect: Exploring Differing Conceptions of Television Viewing through Audience Measurement Services

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Deborah Neffa Creech, Susan Evans, Peter Clarke, "Food is something everyone should participate in": Exploring parent-teen co-use of a nutrition app in low-income, Latino homes 

Sonia Jawaid Shaikh, Ignacio Cruz, Andrea Hollingshead, Information Seeking and Intelligent Personal Assistants in Teams 

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Suk Young Choi, Social Comparison or Emotional Contagion? Comparing Two Mechanism Underlying the Association between Instagram Browsing and Subjective Well-being 

Frances Corry, Preservation paradox: Assessing attitudes and behaviors toward personal archiving on the social web 

Olivia Gonzalez, "Tell your stories" and "find your craft": Examining industry advice narratives in Los Angeles film school pedagogy 

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Hoan Nguyen, Provocation or conformity? Mobile mediated communication as performative agency among sex workers in Singapore


Monday, May 27

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Yiqi Li, Jingyi Sun, Categorization and the Competition and Support Network Formation on an Open Innovation Platform 

Hoan Nguyen, Online performativity as restricted agency: Empowerment of transgender sex workers 

Clare O'Connor, Splitting the Atom of Creative Worship 

Clare O'Connor, In God We Trust: Protestantism, Neoliberalism and Cultural Production 

Jingyi Sun, The Coevolution of Affinity and Representational Networks Among Technology Companies: A Multiplex Approach 

Yusi Aveva Xu, An Alternative Way of Understanding Big Data: The Distinctiveness of Netnography and the Application on Chinese Social Media 

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Mingxuan Liu, Experimental Investigation of How Food Healthiness and Message Claim Approach Affect Human Motivational Systems and Attitude Formation

Yu Xu, Janet Fulk, Peter Monge, Ecological Influences on Tie Dissolution in the Evolution of Affiliation Networks in an Academic Organization 

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

TJ Billard, Together We Rise: The Role of Communication and Community Connectedness in Transgender Citizens' Civic Engagement in the United States 

Suk Young Choi, Ephemeral or Permanent? Effects of Social Media Record Duration on Self-concept Change via Perceived Audience Size 

Jingyi Sun, Yiqi Li, What Makes an Atypical Artist in Crowdsourcing? An Integrated Model of Brokerage and Social Support 

Liyuan Leah Wang, David Jeong, John Christensen, Benjamin Smith, Traci Gillig, Stephen Read, Lynn Miller, Engaging Serious Games: Can Video Game Identification Bring About Long-term Behavioral Changes? 

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Nathaniel Ming Curran, Do Own Donna Kim, Hyun Tae Calvin Kim, Appropriation, Conflation, and Othering: A Thematic Analysis of South Korean Twitter Discourse on the Jeju Yemeni Refugees 

Matthew Le-Bui, Yelp and racial capitalism: Location-based applications and imagining data justice in the segregated technopolis 


Tuesday, May 28

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Andrea Alarcon, Jeeyun Baik, Do Own Donna Kim, "Everyone deserves a Smartphone?": Understanding the media's legitimation of mobile technology use by Syrian refugees 

Paul Sparks, Sheila Murphy, Erica Rosenthal, Attribution of Responsibility in a TV Drama Shifts Support for Abortion Policy 

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Frances Corry, A Revolution in Record-Keeping: Historicizing Big Data-Driven, Predictive Policing 

Traci Gillig, Social Media and Teen Depressive Symptoms: Patterns of Use Influence Effects of Social Media-Free Program 

Anna Loup, Writing Internet histories in the Network Society: Developing a multicultural global histories analytical framework 

Lauren Sowa, From gendered products to gender politics: How beauty-vloggers turned UN change ambassadors engage intersectionally 

Liyuan Leah Wang, Lynn Miller, Enabling Technologies: Leveraging Tailoring Methods for Just-in-the-moment, Adaptive Interventions 

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Stefanie Demetriades, Us versus us (and them): Identity and antagonism in Twitter discourses around the Syrian refugee crisis 

Hye Min Kim, Lynn Miller, Are Insecure Attachment Styles Related to Risky Sexual Behavior? A Meta-Analysis 

Rachel Moran, All the news that's fit to wear: Exploring news media merchandise as objects of journalism 

Lauren Sowa, Breaking stereotypes or stereotypical breakdowns?: Analyzing television casting breakdowns for Latina Characters 

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Suk Young Choi, To Err is Human?: Ironic Effects of Politicians' Twitter Blunders via Perceived Authenticity of Twitter Communication

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Soledad Altrudi, Christina Dunbar-Hester, Kate Miltner, Interspecies Texting? Agency and Intimacy in the Anthropocene 

Yiqi Li, Collective Action or Connective Action? Organizations' Role and Strategies in an Online Multi-issue Social Movement 

Ashley Phelps, Daria Griffith, Unread Emails Cannot Heal Wounds: University Crisis Response Following Breach of Trust