December 20th, 2014
One of our Visiting Quello Research Fellows, Sung Wook Ji, has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. We congratulate him on this appointment, and wish him the very best in his rapidly evolving career. He will be joining SIU in January 2015.
Sung came to MSU as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information in 2012, where he taught a graduate course on the economic structure of telecommunication, and an undergraduate course on media strategies. While at MSU, he became involved in a important policy relevant research projects, was able to publish a number of well-placed publications, and present a several key conference presentations. Central research projects included one on search engine competition, which was funded by NAVER, and a study of the international market for telecommunication equipment vendors, for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
His journal publications focused on emerging developments in digital content delivery that were published in the Journal of Media Economics, Internet & Higher Education, Telecommunications Policy, and The Information Society. Before I came to MSU, Sung Wook Ji was the lead author, with David Waterman, on a key chapter in my edited book, entitled ‘The Impact of the Internet on Media Industries: An Economic Perspective’, in Society and the Internet: How Information and Social Networks are Changing our Lives, edited by Mark Graham and William H. Dutton (Oxford University Press 2014). He wrote another book chapter that is forthcoming with David Waterman, entitled ‘Vertical Ownership, Technology and Programming Content’ for the Handbook on Media Economics, edited by Robert Picard at the Reuters Institute at Oxford, and Steve Wildman, the founding director of the Quello Center.
In addition, while at MSU, Sung Wook volunteered to organise the University’s Visiting International Professionals Program (VIPP), which brought executives to East Lansing to study developments in media and information policy, centered around a set of lectures presented at the Quello Center. Given the centrality and quality of his research, his contributions to teaching and research activities at the Quello Center and MSU, and his collegiality, he will be missed by the Quello Center. We hope to continue to involve Sung Wook in our growing network of Quello academics.