Doctoral Graduate Michael Park
Doctoral Graduate Michael Park

Meet Michael Park

Name: Michael Park

Graduation Year: 2014

Current Position: Assistant Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, New York

First Position After Graduation: Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Media & College of Law, University of Idaho (while ABD, 2013-2015)

Research Area: media law & policy; sports communication; race and masculinity

Recent Publications:

  • Michael K. Park (co-authored with Mark Lloyd).  “The Free Speech Case for Addressing Critical Information Needs.”  In M. Lloyd & L. Friedland (Eds.), The Communication Crisis in America and How to Fix It (forthcoming)
  • Michael K. Park (2015). “Wielding Smart Power through Sport: A North Korean Case Study.”  Public Diplomacy Magazine.
  • Michael K. Park (2015).  “Psy-zing up the Mainstreaming of ‘Gangnam Style’: Asian Masculinity as  Neo-minstrelsy?” Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 39. No. 3, 195-212. DOI: 10.1177/0196859915575068

Ph.D. Dissertation: My dissertation focused on a critical race theory inquiry on metadiscourses centering on race and masculinity within the context of a "post-racial" media landscape, and examines how social ascendancy is embedded in legal/political doctrine and global mass media content.


Favorite thing about USC Annenberg: A school is only as good as its people, and Annenberg has great faculty, staff and leadership! At Annenberg, you are exposed to leading scholars and practitioners, but the faculty are also very accessible and genuinely care about the intellectual and professional development of each individual student. They really have a vested interest in helping guide you through your research inquiries, and I was amazed at the diversity of expertise and mentoring that the School offers. The faculty really push you to think, question and explore cutting edge communication issues, and are backed by incredible resources that Annenberg and USC offer - oh, and don't forget about the great weather!