Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Seungahn Nah

Diane Snedaker Chair in Media Trust and Research Director, Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology

Seungahn Nah

What will you be teaching?

I don’t teach this fall, but will be teaching a new course entitled “AI, Social Media and Democracy” in spring 2023, which will focus on what AI can do for democracy, paying special attention to the nonprofit and volunteer sector. Students will conduct a community-service learning project with the nonprofits.

What is your area of expertise?

My area of expertise lies in political communication and journalism with particular focus on existing and emerging digital media, including AI-enabled technologies, media credibility, trust in AI, participatory communication, and civic participation.

What research are you working?

With my research teams, I’ve had a handful of ongoing and emerging projects this semester. Among others, I’ve directed two interrelated projects: 1) algorithmic bias in news, and 2) AI and news deserts. The first project compares AI-created news with human-produced news to examine the extent to which AI news is biased vis-à-vis news by professional journalists. The project develops an algorithmic bias scale to measure the bias in AI news. The second project develops an AI news platform to address the news deserts in local communities where there is no news media outlet. The project strives to help revitalize community journalism to enhance the level of social capital, trust and civic engagement across the underserved and predominantly rural communities.

Significant other, children, pets?

My wife has been a practicing endodontist for over two decades. My son will be starting high school next year. We have a thee-year-old Goldendoodle, Alfredo (aka “Alfie”). We all enjoy traveling domestically and internationally.

What excites you most about coming to Gainesville?

Gainesville is such a vibrant community with a diverse culture and is in the central part of Florida conveniently connecting all the great places. We are excited about exploring the best attractions and things in the community and beyond.

What accomplishments, personal or professional, are you most proud of?

I’ve strived to become an able scholar-teacher-civic intellectual through the engaged and public scholarship of research, teaching, and service. In doing so, I’ve received one of the most prestigious and distinguished awards in each respective area.

What three things don’t we know about you?

  1. I am a huge fan of sports such as basketball, baseball, and football. I am an avid soccer fan (40+ years) especially of the English Premier League and rarely miss watching the games over the weekend (occasionally weekdays). I always welcome watching games together. How about the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar?
  2. I enjoy taking a walk on and off campus. While walking, I come up with research ideas by myself and with others. I always welcome walking club members. Shall we take a walk?
  3. While I like group discussions, I love one-on-one conversations over coffee or tea. I always welcome conversations.

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