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Matt Shin (신근영)

Third Year Ph.D. Candidate; COMM 102 Coordinator

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Areas of Emphasis:

Interpersonal Communication 
Instructional Communication


Matt Shin is a third-year PhD candidate from La Mirada, California where he was raised by Korean immigrants. Prior to coming to West Virginia University, Matt served in the United States Army as an infantryman for four years. He attended California State University, Fullerton where he earned his BA in American studies studying how military veterans of color helped desegregate Orange County, California and his MA in human communication studies studying Asian American representation in the media and military veterans’ experiences in the college classroom.

Matt’s current research interests center around communication experiences in close relationships and include substantive areas such as romantic jealousy, attachment, and relational turbulence processes. He also studies how instructional environments influence and interact with students’ cognitive load, motivation, self-regulation, and instructional dissent. Matt studies these topics using various latent variable modeling techniques such as bifactor exploratory structural equation modeling, latent growth curve modeling, and mixture modeling aimed toward producing substantive-methodological synergies. His authored and co-authored research articles have been published in Communication Education, Communication Monographs, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, and Southern Communication Journal.

For Fall 2022, Matt will teach COMM 102: Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication and COMM 404: Persuasion. He also serves as the COMM 102 coordinator.


B.A., American Studies, California State University, Fullerton 
M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton