Brian Lamb School of Communication
Hwanseok Song is an assistant professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication.
He earned a Ph.D. in communication from Cornell University in 2018, having previously earned an M.A. in general communication at The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in German language and literature at Yonsei University.
Song studies how people make and use social judgments in contexts where people communicate information about science, environmental issues, and technological risks. Judgments people make about their risk managers or other stakeholders play a pivotal role in cooperative efforts in conservation and environmental decision-making. His research program seeks to understand not only how people make these judgments, but also their downstream consequences on attitude and behavior.
In his most recent research project, Song conducted a survey using the context of a local environmental conflict in upstate New York to study how residents’ trust toward key authorities vary in terms of attitude strength. Using the same data, he also studied how residents immediately affected by the development project judge the standing of those from more distant communities demanding access to and voice in decision-making processes to influence the issue.
Song received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation in 2017, the Anson Rowe Advanced Student Award at Cornell in 2017, and was the CALS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant at Cornell in 2016.
His work has been published in journals such as Risk Analysis, Energy Policy, and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.