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Sherri Ter Molen

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Communication, Ph.D. (Wayne State University)​
  • Areas of Expertise: North and South Korea, Hallyu (Korean pop and traditional cultures), intercultural communication, and media

Sherri L. Ter Molen, Ph.D. has taught Intercultural Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Communication and Small Group Decision-Making, and the Senior Capstone in Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in communication from Wayne State University in 2018, her M.A. in organizational and multicultural communication from DePaul University in 2009, and her B.A. in interdisciplinary communications from Olivet College in 1994.

Ter Molen’s research centers on the complicated, mediated relationships between the divided Koreas and the United States. She is particularly interested in Hallyu, meaning the Korean Wave and referring to the popularity of Korean culture around the world.

In addition to her academic career, she has more than twenty-five years of professional experience in advertising, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, public relations, social media, and video production. She is currently a freelance writer and editor for direct mail, web content, and other advertising/marketing materials.

Ter Molen volunteers as the outreach coordinator for Sino-NK, an online publication that provides analyses of the China-North Korea borderlands. She is also a member of the Korean American Communication Association, and she is the organizer of the Chicago Korean Language Meetup Group.


  • Ter Molen, S. L. (in press). An ethnographic study of Midwestern U.S. Hallyu fans: “Black American, heart Korean.” In G.-S. Park, N. Otmazgin, and K. Howard (eds.), Fandom formation and the globalization of Hallyu. Seoul: Korea University Press.
  • Ter Molen, S. L. (2019). [Review of the book Communication, digital media, and popular culture in Korea: Contemporary research and future prospects, edited by D. Y. Jin and N. Kwak]. Pacific Affairs, 92(2). Retrieved from
  • Ter Molen, S. L. (2014). Hallyu for hire: The commodification of Korea in tourism advertising and marketing. In V. Marinescu (ed.), The global impact of South Korean popular culture: Hallyu unbound (pp. 107-121). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield).
  • Ter Molen, S. L. (2014). A cultural imperialistic homecoming: The Korean wave reaches the United States. In Y. Kuwahara (ed.), The Korean Wave: Korean popular culture in global context (pp. 149-187). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ter Molen, S. L. (2013). A propaganda model case study of ABC Primetime “North Korea: Inside the Shadows.” In R. Frank, J. Hoare, P. Köllner, and S. Pares (Eds.), Korea 2013: Politics, economy and society (pp. 241-266). Leiden, Netherlands​​​: Brill.
  • Ter Molen, S. L. (2011). The 2008 U.S. presidential campaign as represented in the online edition of The Korea Times. Media Asia, 38(2), 67-77.