Young Cheon Cho

Young Cheon ChoAssistant Professor

PhD (2009) - Communication Studies, University of Iowa
MA (2003) - Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder
MA (1999) - Mass Communication, Yonsei University
BA (1997) - Mass Communication, Yonsei University

Tehama 434
Phone: 530-898-3049
Fax: 530-898-4096

"I believe that communication is basically a political and ethical problem rather than a semantic or psychological one.”

Brief Biography

During my undergraduate and graduate education in media studies at Yonsei University, I became interested in understanding communication in its broad historical, political, and philosophical contexts. My curiosity in the public and symbolic aspects of communication led me to pursue graduate studies in Rhetoric at the University of Colorado at Boulder. With my heightened interest in action (praxis) and speech (lexis), out of which rises the realm of contingent human affairs, I completed a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at the University of Iowa. I am currently teaching courses in Communication & Public Affairs.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association

Courses Frequently Taught

  • CMST 335 - Intercultural Communication
  • CMST 354 - Persuasion
  • CMST 428 - Politics and the Media
  • CMST 604 - Graduate Seminar in Political Communication
  • CMST 612 - Graduate Seminar in Rhetorical Theory

Current Interests

My research focuses on critical-cultural histories of rhetoric and philosophy, visual rhetoric, and theories of the public sphere. I have been performing comparative and international criticism of theories of political participation and democratic deliberation. Currently, I am working on an essay that considers the possibilities of reviving the ancient notion of phronsis (practical wisdom) for our time. The major project that I am working on is theorizing the politics of suffering in the public sphere, where I examine the body rhetoric of subalterns, the rhetorical eloquence of pain, the promises and limits of empathy, and the ethics of spectatorship.