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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

S. Mo Jang, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-3321
Fax: 803-777-4103

School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 122
Columbia, SC 29208


Curriculum Vitae



B.A., Communication, Seoul National University
Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Michigan


Dr. S. Mo Jang studies citizens’ information behavior and how it affects key social debates (e.g., climate change, gun control, same-sex marriage) in the digital environment. His research uses both micro-level psychological approach and macro-level big data approach. His scholarly writing has been recognized, winning numerous top paper awards at the ICA, AEJMC, and NCA.


Dr. Jang received the McDonald Instructor Award for teaching excellence at the University of Michigan. He teaches public opinion, big data, public relations campaigns, and new media technologies.

Funded Grant/Research

2018 - 2020: PI, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants; with Drs. Chun and others). Evolution in digital discourse: Toward a computational tool for identifying patterns of language change in social media, $97,196.

2017 - 2018:  Co-PI, Advanced Support Programs for Innovative Research Excellence II (ASPIRE II with Drs. Frongillo and others). Positioning USC for Global Prominence in Research on Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease, $99,998.

2016 - 2017:  Co-PI, Advanced Support Programs for Innovative Research Excellence II (ASPIRE II with Drs. Huang and Tang). The most competitive internal grant from the University of South Carolina (first-time winner in the J-School), $99,887.

Recent Publications

Jang, S. M. (in press). Mass shootings backfire. The boomerang effects of death concerns on policy attitudes. Media Psychology.

Jang, S. M., McKeever, B., McKeever, R., & Kim, J. K. (in press). From social media to mainstream news:  The information flow of the vaccine-autism controversy in the US, Canada, and the UK. Health Communication.

Jang, S. M., Geng, T., Li, J., Xia, R., Huang, C., Kim, H., & Tang, J. (2018). A computational approach for examining roots and spreading patterns of fake news: Evolution tree analysis. Computers in Human Behavior, 84, 103-113.

Jang, S. M., & Oh, Y. W. (2016). Getting attention online in election coverage: Audience selectivity in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. New Media & Society,  18(10), 2271-2286.

Jang, S. M., & Hart, P. S. (2015). Polarized frames on "climate change" and "global warming" across countries and states: Evidence from Twitter big data. Global Environmental Change, 32, 11-17. 


Previously, Jang worked as a network television journalist in Seoul Broadcasting System (South Korea). He likes traveling, watching (and doing) sports and eating international food.