Grace Choi - Columbia College Chicago

Grace Choi

Assistant Professor


Grace Y. Choi (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department, teaching social media, digital strategy, and civic media at Columbia College Chicago.

Her work is primarily focused on digital literacy education that closely examines how the creative use of social media can have substantial educational effects in terms of increasing technical skills, efficacy, and diverse representation. She is passionate about encouraging her students to be creative and use their critical thinking skills to analyze and produce socially impactful digital content. She taught a range of communication and media courses (e.g., Public Speaking, Media Ethics, Message Design) and published research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Computers and Human Behavior, Popular Music and Society, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking. Previously, she has been an active member of Kansas City Women in Technology, ChickTech, and Seattle Digital Literacy Network to participate in promoting and improving digital literacy programs for young people, especially girls. She has earned her B.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago, M.A. in Media and Cinema Studies from DePaul University, and Ph.D. in Mass Media from the University of Missouri.

You can learn more about Grace’s research and other work on her website:

Instructional Areas

Social Media, Media Effects, Digital Strategies, Media Literacy/Digital Literacy, Participatory Culture, Social Change, Critical Thinking

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Social Media, Media Effects, Media Psychology, Digital Literacy Education, Creativity, Gender, Diversity, Digital Empowerment, STEM/STEAM


B.A., Communication The University of Illinois at Chicago 2010
M.A., Media & Cinema DePaul University 2012
Ph.D., Communication University of Missouri 2017