Minchul Kim

Phd. Candidate

The Media School | Indiana University


My name is Minchul Kim and I am a PhD Candidate in The Media School at Indiana University. I am currently completing my dissertation project (dissertation defended in September 2019), “Personalized and Emotionalized News Media Coverage of Muslim Victims: A test of Empathy-Altruism Mechanisms.” My dissertation project examines empathy-altruism mechanisms in a mediated inter-group contact context. I am specifically interested in whether and if so how news stories featuring victims of racial discrimination stimulate pro-social behavioral motivations by promoting empathy towards the victims.


I use a wide range of methodological approaches including but not limited to experiments, surveys, secondary data analysis, and computerized textual analysis. My research has appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, and International Journal of Communication.