Mo earned his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan (2014) and joined the Department of Communication at Boston College in 2019. He was an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of South Carolina for 5 years. He is currently serving as a webmaster for ComSHER at AEJMC and Political Communication Division at NCA.
His research focuses on social/political implications of the digital media and big data social media analysis. He is particularly interested in misinformation behavior in the digital/social information environment. Another research area involves Science/environmental communication. His research examines how the public understands and engages with scientific issues such as climate change. His research has been recognized by ICA, NCA, AEJMC, and University of South Carolina (2019 University Breakthrough Start Award Recipient).
His research projects are also funded by multiple sponsors, including NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities, $89,000, 2018~2020) and ASPIRE ($97,000, 2016~2017). The NEH project, collaborated by computer scientists and a linguistic scholar, examines how online fake news evolves (changes its story, structure) over sharing processes.
Mo now teaches Persuasion and Social Media at Boston. Mo taught Public Opinion and Persuasion(J542) and Big data and social media (J400) at the USC and many other courses at the UM, including a large introductory course (Media Processes and Effects), hand-held lab sessions (Managing Information Environment), quantitative research methods course (Research Methods), upper level writing intensive course (Visual Culture and Literacy; Media and Individual), PR campaigns, and Public Opinion and Persuasion. He had the honor to receive the Communication Department’s Best GSI (graduate student instructor) Award based on teaching evaluations from the 2012-2013 academic year.
Prior to entering the doctoral program at Michigan, he worked as a television journalist in Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS – one of the three national networks in South Korea) for 3 years. He produced (write/interview/video-edit/voice-record) more than 200 television news reports that were aired throughout the nation.
He likes cooking, traveling, watching sports, and eating international food.