Ji-Hyun Ahn

Associate Professor - UW Tacoma


Associate Professor at the University of Washington-Tacoma

Ji-Hyun Ahn is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington Tacoma. She specializes in media globalization, Korean television and popular culture, Asian multiculturalism, and critical mixed-race studies. She is particularly interested in examining how media practices have facilitated the re-imagination of national identity from a global media perspective. Her first book, Mixed-Race Politics and Neoliberal Multiculturalism in South Korean Media (2018), studied how the increase of visual representation of mixed-race Koreans formulates a particular racial project in contemporary South Korean media. Her current research explores anti-Korean sentiment and the rise of new nationalism in postcolonial East Asia. She won several Top Paper Awards for her work and has published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals including Media, Culture & SocietyCultural StudiesInternational Communication Gazette, and the Asian Journal of Social Science.


  • University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., 2013