Dr. Choonghee Han

Associate Professor of Communication and Communication Department Chair
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Dr. Choonghee Han is the chair of the communication department and teaches broadcasting and other communication and media courses. He is a former broadcaster/journalist turned academic with an interest in media production, journalism as a cultural practice and collective memory.

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital media production and management
  • Storytelling
  • Film aesthetics and criticism
  • Media technologies and culture
  • Collective memory and social politics
  • East Asian culture and politics


  • Ph.D., journalism and mass communication, University of Iowa, 2010
  • M.A., digital storytelling and telecommunication, Ball State University, 2005
  • M.A., journalism and mass communication, Kyung Hee University, 2002
  • B.A., journalism and mass communication, Kyung Hee University, South Korea, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Top Faculty Paper Award, Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division, International Communication Association, 2012
  • “Grand Prize in Broadcasting” in Korea Catholic Mass Communication Awards, 1995

Professional Experience

  • Digital media consultant, University of Iowa Information Arcade, 2005-2009
  • Producer/reporter/director in TV/radio/programming, EBS (Korea Educational Broadcasting System), 1993–2005

Selected Publications and Creative Productions

  • “The ambiguity of memory in East Asian newspapers: Journalistic representation of war memories,” in Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper: A Supplemental Reader, 2014
  • “The contemporary trend in the use of multi-platform delivery systems: Case studies of North American public broadcasting and service providers,” published by Educational Broadcasting Research Institute of EBS, South Korea, 2014
  • “National memory in news discourses: the influence of war memories to national identity,” Communication and Community, 2013
  • Live broadcasts and online publications of the Tedx Macatawa events (TED in Holland, MI), as producer, 2013–2017
  • Documentary “50 Years and Beyond” (history of the international exchange programs between Hope College and Meiji Gakuin University in Japan), supported by the Fried International Center of Hope College, 2015
  • Live broadcasts and streaming of athletic and NCAA events and musical concerts at Hope College, as producer, 2011–2017
  • “Readiness Series” Instructional Online Video Series and DVD, as producer/director/editor, published by Ready for School, 2012 
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Dr. Choonghee Han

Phone Number616.395.7242

Martha Miller Center-Room 122 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3615
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