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Youllee Kim

Ph.D., Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, Expected 2020 
M.A. Sungkyunkwan University, 2015
B.A. Sungkyunkwan University, 2013

Health communication, Social influence, Persuasion, Community-based health interventions

Youllee Kim studies health communication with an emphasis on the social processes involved in information dissemination and behavior change. She joins with scholars who emphasize social determinants of health and collective perspectives to wellbeing, and is passionate about designing theory-driven health interventions that can improve health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities across the globe. Her research has appeared in Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, and Media Psychology.

Youllee's dissertation aims to understand how persuasive messages motivate collaborative efforts to solve community health issues. Through an experimental study that was conducted in the context of reducing lead contamination in Pennsylvania, she examines how message choices and community features facilitate communication with neighbors to seek for a better future. After completing the dissertation project, she plans to continue examining socially-situated communication phenomena with analyses that can address interdependence of the data such as spatial analysis and multilevel modeling.

In addition to research, Youllee has been active in teaching and service. She has taught courses on Social Influence, Communication Theory, and Effective Speech. She works to inspire growth in students by helping them apply what they have learned in the class to creatively solve questions, openly share knowledge with others, and actively contribute to the community. She has served as the Community Relations Chair for the CAS department’s Graduate Student Forum.


Kelly Marin

Ph.D., Penn State University, Summer 2020
M.A., University of Colorado Denver, Winter 2015

Rhetorical Theory & Criticism; Security/Surveillance Studies; Media Studies.

Kellie Marin is a rhetorical critic and theorist interested in how citizens are encouraged to participate in national security initiatives. Inspired by affect theory and embodied practices, her research examines how rhetoric enlists individuals to be civically engaged in democracy through various technological platforms. Kellie’s dissertation, specifically, explores anonymity as a rhetorical tool to potentially foster more collective political engagement despite its often negative reputation for circulating hate and fear. In post-9/11 culture where national security becomes a justification for broad-sweeping policies, her work is integral to understanding how dominant security practices manifest themselves in contemporary culture and how citizens can meaningfully engage, critique, and resist them. Kellie’s work has appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and is forthcoming in the special issue of “Ubiquitously Surveilled Bodies” in Screen Bodies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display. Her research has been supported by the Center for Humanities and Information Predoctoral Fellowship (2019-2020).

In addition to her research, Kellie is an active teacher and scholar within the academic community. She has taught various Public Speaking courses both at Penn State and University of Colorado Denver. Along with these courses, she taught Introduction to Media Studies and Fundamentals of Communication at UCD and Persuasion & Propaganda at Penn State. Kellie has held a variety of service positions including serving on the editorial board for Secrecy and Society, reviewing for the Rhetorical and Communication Theory division, Public Address Division, and the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association. As a scholar who believes research should bridge the gap between the academy and public scholarship, Kellie also has been invited to present her work at the Combating Terrorism Center as West Point. Additionally, she was nominated and selected to attend the 64 th annual National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College; an event that brings together diverse professionals to discuss the latest national security issues with officers in the U.S. international militaries.