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Graduate Assistants


Alex Carter (School of Advertising & Public Relations)

Social Studio Sessions: Tuesdays 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Alex is a third-year Ph.D. student from Johnson City, Tennessee. Alex graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s in Advertising/Public Relations and a Master’s in Strategic Communication. He has worked for the advertising agency Creative Energy where he was a Junior Account Executive on the Coca-Cola account and a Junior Digital Media Strategist working for accounts including Texas Pete Hot Sauce, Pal’s Sudden Service, and House-Autry Mills. Alex’s primary research focus is on advertising’s role in influencing new media and emerging technologies and the privacy issues stemming from that influence.

Kibum Youn (School of Advertising and Public Relations)

Social Studio Sessions: Wednesdays 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Kibum is a Ph.D. student in the College of Communication and Information with a concentration in Advertising. He is originally from South Korea, and earned his M.S. in Journalism and Media
Communication (Public Communication and Technology) at Colorado State University, his M.A. in
Communication Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, a B.A. in Communication, and a B.A. in Business Administration as a double major at Myongji University. Kibum’s goal for graduate school is to further hone his research and teaching skills which he believes will play a vital role in his growth as a researcher and an academic. Kibum is interested in reducing consumers’ negative responses to advertising in new media settings, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and social media to cause positive behavior changes.
Education:
M.S., Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University
M.A., Media and Communication (Journalism and Mass Communication), Sungkyunkwan University
B.A., Digital Media (Communication), Business Administration (double major), Myongji University

kyoun1@vols.utk.edu