Jihye Lee is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. Her dissertation explores information inequality, focusing on how disadvantaged populations navigate the digital landscape with large, complex data collected from smartphones. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Pacific Affairs.
Dissertation: Information inequality: How the poor navigate digital spaces
Jihye's dissertation explores questions of inequality in the domain of technology. Using actual screenshot data collected over an extended period of time, this project investigates the disparities in digital experience among samples of low-income and high-income individuals in U.S. major metropolitan areas. By moving beyond narrow conceptions of haves and have nots based on access to technology or self-reports, her project reports in depth how income inequality could translate into information inequality.