Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Civil Engineering, Seoul National University, 1992. Master of Arts in Advertising, Michigan State University, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy in Communications, Cornell University, 2001.
Assistant professor department communications studies St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2001—2004. Associate professor department communications and journalism Auburn University, Alabama, since 2004.
Member of Korean American Communications Association, Association Education Mass Communication and Journalism, International Communications Association.
Married Jungeun Lee, August 30, 1999. Children: Paul Tongju, Leanna Tongyoon.