Empowering Evidence in Polarized Environments
In my dissertation, "Building Credibility in Polarized Environments," I use fact-checking, a genre of news reporting dedicated to assessing the accuracy of political claims, as a forum for research into how media and civil society organizations can more effectively build credibility in evidence-based sources. In collaborative projects, I explore ways to build credibility in scientific evidence and factors that trigger the consumption of opinionated news.
U-M Center for Political Studies Blog, "Could Balanced Coverage Improve Public Trust in Fact-Checking Sites?" (Oct 17, 2022)
“Empowering Effects of Evidence (E3): Developing Educational Videos to Promote Evidence-based Reasoning” with Stephanie Preston, Priti Shah, and Tanner Nichols. (samples of animation scripts available upon request)
 Can Lived Experiences Foster Common Ground?
Vivid, emotional, firsthand experiences may shift even long-held beliefs and predispositions. I investigate the conditions under which lived experiences with natural disasters, corruption, or war shape public perceptions of politics and bridge partisan divides on the core areas of public policy.
“Can Corruption Connect You to Politics? Nepotism, Anxiety, and Government Blame” with Deanna Kolberg-Shah. (Revise & Resubmit at Political Psychology)
“Disaster Experience Mitigates the Partisan Divide on Climate Change: Evidence from Texas” with Ted Hsuan Yun Chen, Christopher Fariss, and Xu Xu. (Under Review)
“The Long-run Impact of Wars on Political Efficacy: The Case of South Korean Vietnam War Veterans” with Hojung Joo.
* Peer-Reviewed Publications
Shin, Hwayong, T.K. Ahn, and Won-ho Park. 2015. “Between Public Interest and Personal Interest: Survey Experiment on the Local Context of Political Issues and Policy Preferences.” Korean Political Science Review 49(4): 301–333. (*written in Korean)
Shin, Hwayong. 2015. “Perceived Threat as a Motivator of Policy Voting: Analysis of the 2012 US Presidential Election.” American Studies 38(1): 77–101.
Received Muhyang Scholar’s Best Paper Award, American Studies Institute, Seoul National University, 2016.
Park, Won-ho and Hwayong Shin. 2014. “Emotional Underpinnings of Partisanship: The Sewol Ferry Disaster and the 2014 Korean Local Election.” Korean Political Science Review 48(5): 119-142. (*written in Korean)
Shin, Hwayong. 2014. “Una Lectura de El Llano en llamas desde Corea: El Valor Social de la Facultad Emotiva.” México y La Cuenca del Pacífico 17(51): 75-95. (*written in Spanish)
 Measurement and Inferences for Social Science
Given the importance of careful measurement and inferences in social science research, I have also pursued methodological work, such as developing and refining survey measurements of psychological tendencies not directly observable, and exploring ways to improve inferences from social science research.
“The Reasoning through Evidence versus Advice (EvA) Scale: Scale Development and Validation” with Priti Shah and Stephanie Preston. (Revise & Resubmit at Journal of Personality Assessment)
Received Samuel Eldersveld Outstanding Paper Award, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan. 2019.