Nojin Kwak is an associate professor at the University of Michigan Dept. of Communication Studies and the director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies. His research centers on the role of communication media in civic and political engagement. His latest article on the role of the mobile phone in public affairs participation in Korea was published in the 2011 October issue of Asian Journal of Communication. Dr. Kwak recently received a top paper award in the Korean American Communication division at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association in May, 2011. He is the lead organizer of the 2012 ICA Preconference "New Media and Citizenship in Asia."