I'm a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, the USA. I will join the Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, the USA as a visiting assistant professor in January 2020.
My primary research interest is uncertainty reduction as an epistemic motive of social identity and self-categorization processes. I particularly focus on (a) how people reduce identity-uncertainty and maintain self-conceptual certainty in a hierarchical system of self-categorizations, (b) how people construct knowledge about self and group via two uncertainty reduction processes−depersonalization and projection, and (c) how prototypical and underrepresented subgroups respond differently to identity-uncertainty.
I also use agent-based modeling and computer simulations to investigate how the social psychological processes generate social change, diversity, and polarization. I took the Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling course at the ICPSR summer school of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Summers of 2011 and 2012. Since then, I have been collaborating with Dr. Aaron Bramson on the indirect minority influence model, and also with the Computational Social Philosophy Lab on polarization. In the Summers of 2017-2019, I was fortunate to attend the Graduate and Advanced Alumni Workshop in Computational Social Science and Modeling and Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, NM (2017 GWCSS and 2018 AGWCSS).
Some of conference symposia I organized include "Changes in Group Structures, Uncertainty and Continuity" at the 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology in July 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and "Integrate or Separate? Collective Action in Uncertain Times" at the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, June 2014 in Portland, OR, the USA. I chaired the Social Social colloquial series in the year of 2017-2018.
2016 was a lucky year for me. I received the APA-USNC International Travel and Mentoring Award from the American Psychological Association, the Research Scientist of the Year Award from the Department of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, and the Best Paper Award from the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. Before coming to Claremont, I studied Biology B.S. at the Seoul National University and Social Psychology M.A. at the Sungkyunkwan University, both in Seoul. I worked as an editor for the Toto Book publisher. As part of this work, I formulated an environmental education program for youth and helped Dae-Kwon Hwang to run the Wild Grass School. Later I edited Mr. Hwang's related book, ''Wild Grass School".
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