Introducing the 2014 Prize Winners

At our frank gathering, we awarded one $10,000 and three $1,500 prizes for scholarly research that helps inform and advance practice in public interest communications. Below are our winners for 2014:

$10,000 Prize Winner: Jina Yoo

Use the Right Emotion for the Right Ask

Jina Yoo, Health Communication Research Lab at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work

Jina Yoo is a research associate at the Health Communication Research Lab at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a teaching associate professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her research focuses on how people’s perceptions or emotions have an impact on their decision making process especially in public health contexts.Her recent work also includes eliminating health disparities by using effective persuasive messages.

She has published several articles in leading journals in the field of health communication. She received her Ph.D degree in communication from Michigan State University. She also holds a second master’s degree in public health (MPH) from Washington University in St. Louis. Mother of 5-year old (Yul), Yoo lives near Pittsburgh with her husband Tae.

$1,500 Prize Winners: Frank Edwards, Phil Howard & Mary Joyce

Digital Activism and Non-Violent Conflict

Frank Edwards, University of Washington
Phil Howard, University of Washington
Mary Joyce, University of Washington

Frank Edwards has been involved in several initiatives bridging the gap between activism and digital media, notably as an editor with the Austin Independent Media Center, a community organizer with the citizen journalism project Chi-Town Daily News, and as an advisor to AREA Chicago. Edwards is a graduate student in the department of Sociology and a Comparative Law and Society Studies fellow at the University of Washington. He holds an MA in Sociology from DePaul University, and his research interests include race, child welfare, social stratification, the sociology of punishment and historical sociology.

Philip N. Howard is a professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Communications and Central European University’s School of Public Policy. After earning his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Toronto, Howard went on to earn an MSc is in economics from the London School of Economic, as well as a sociology PhD from Northwestern. He is currently a fellow at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. At UW, Howard oversees several projects including the Digital Activism Research Project, World Information Access Project and the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam.

As an expert in the global phenomenon of digital activism and a National Science Foundation fellow, Mary Joyce’s research and trainings focus on how citizens use digital media to bring about social and political change. She is currently enrolled in the MA/PhD communication program at the University of Washington. Joyce also serves as the Associate Director of the UW’s Digital Activism Research Project, which she co-founded in 2012. Before her work in academia, she worked for on President Obama’s 2008 national campaign as the New Media Operations Manager.

$1,500 Prize Winner: Jennifer Jihye Chun

Immigrant Women’s Grassroots Leadership

Jennifer Jihye Chun, University of Toronto

Jennifer Jihye Chun is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Korea at the University of Toronto. Her research is internationally comparative and has focused primarily on the changing world of work, culture, politics on the bottom rungs of the global economy in countries such as South Korea, the U.S. and Canada. Since 2006, she has been involved in a long-term research collaboration with Young Shin, the Executive Director of Asian Immigrant Women Advocates. The project is a self-study, initiated by AIWA, that examines over three decades of experience organizing low-income Chinese and Korean immigrant women workers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Professor Chun has published widely in labour and labour movements; race, class and gender; critical development studies; and Asian Studies. Her book, Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell University Press, 2009) was selected as the ASA Race, Gender and Class Section’s 2012 Distinguished Book Award (co-winner). Her publications also appear in Work and Occupations, Critical Sociology, SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Third World Quarterly.

$1,500 Graduate Prize: Carolyn Day

Utopian Forms of Values

Carolyn Day, University of South Florida

Carolyn is a Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on organizational communication, globalization, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She is particularly interested in how transnational corporations use language to construct global corporate identities used to inform the management of their stakeholders and the environment.

Carolyn has won several awards for her graduate work and in 2012, including top recognition by the National Communication Association (NCA) Environmental Communication division for her co-authored paper titled “Every drop(word) counts: A critique of sustainability practices by transnational corporations.”