Hyun Tae (Calvin) Kim is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His dissertation primarily looks at different framing strategies for organizations and their messages to the general public (for instance, appeals for donations), situated within a mixed-method framework. His work has encompassed media effects and impact, exploring how media use and exposure to media influence receptivity to, and engagement in, social change.

He has presented at the International Communication Association (ICA), American Political Science Association (APSA), Western States Communication Association (WSCA), and the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA), publishing also in the International Journal of Communication. Throughout his time at Annenberg, he has also worked closely with the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, where he has worked on projects examining the influence of digital technology on knowledge acquisition, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Frontline.

In his prior life, he received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a Masters of International Affairs degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. He has also served as a language specialist officer for the Rep. of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he was tasked with bilateral and multilateral military-to-military diplomacy responsibilities.