Doctoral Student

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Minkyung (“Min”) Kim is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at Rutgers University. Kim’s research focuses on organizational brokering for community resilience. She studies community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations (e.g., forced migrants) and how they aid the populations' community integration process that also promotes the resilience of the community.

Kim is the recipient of the top paper award from the International Communication Association, Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award from the National Communication Association, and various performance-based awards from professional affiliations. She also won many academic and research grants from institutions such as Global Partnership Grant, Grant Lee scholarship, Provost’s Research Grant, and communication associations.

In 2015, Kim was chosen as an International Presidential Fellow, representing the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, serving as the communication liaison between the school and Korea Water Resources Corporation, as the two institutions initiated a 5-year research collaboration for Post-Four River Restoration Project.

As a former PR specialist, Kim worked at both the private and nonprofit sectors. Aside from pursuing communication research, she is also heavily involved in ESL education in Korea and has written a series of textbooks for novice to advanced English learners. She also served as a key member to launch a new 1:1 English education platform for professionals in finance and engineering before joining Rutgers.

At Rutgers, she is a member of the NetSCI Lab and has taught Virtual Team Dynamics, Communication Research, Organizational Communication, and Persuasive Communication.


Colorado State University
B.A., Speech Communication

Ewha Womans University

Colorado State University
M.A., Communication Studies

Selected Publications

Kim, M., Kwestel, M., Youn, H., Quow, J., & Doerfel, M.L. (2021). Serving the vulnerable while being vulnerable: Organizing resilience in a social service sector. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 00 (0), 1-22,

Khrebtan-Hörhager, J., & Kim, M. (2020). Re-Membering Comfort Women: From on-screen storytelling and rhetoric of materiality to re-thinking history and belonging. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 106(4), 427-452.

Doerfel, M. L., Harris, J. L., Kwestel, M., & Kim, M. (2020). Crisis communication and organizational resilience. In F. Finn & W. Johansen (Eds.). Handbook of communication science: Crisis communication (pp. 319-342). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Khrebtan-Hörhager, J. & Kim, M. (2021, February 18). The invitation to learn the uncomfortable truth about comfort women [Online Post]. National Communication Association Communication Currents.