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Seungahn Nah joined the University of Oregon in July 2017 as Professor and the new Associate Dean for Gradudate Affairs and Research after spending 11 years at the University of Kentucky, where he was an associate professor of community communication in the Department of Community and Leadership Development, as well as Information Communication Technology in the School of Information Science. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. He is founding director of the University of Kentucky’s Community Communication Research Group and the Kentucky Citizen Media Project, which initiated its first community-based citizen journalism news site or the Lexington Commons in Lexington, Kentucky. He currently directs the Digital Media and Civic Engagement Project, nationally and globally. 

He has produced more than 60 publications including journal articles in leading communication and journalism journals. With regard to grants, he has acquired numerous funding to support his research and teaching from New Voices through the Knight Foundation and the National Science Foundation, among others. He is a recipient of numerous top paper awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the American Political Science Association, and the World Association of Public Opinion Research. He is also a recipient of the University of Kentucky Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award. He was a fellow of the Academic Leadership Academy and served as head of the Mass Communication and Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He also served as president of the Korean American Communication Association and currently is an associate editor of the journals, Mass Communication and Society and Journal of Communication.