Tae-Seop Lim

 Johnston Hall 230


PhD, Communication Studies, Michigan State University
MA, Communication Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
BA, Mass Communication and Political Science, Seoul National University


My research focuses upon cross-cultural, international, and global communication processes. I am particularly interested in identifying the most fundamental constructs that bring about cultural differences. Recently, I am working on a theory of culture, that can overcome the limitations of well-known cross-cultural theories such as Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and Hall’s theory of context.

Courses Taught

Commun 350 – Intercultural Communication
Commun 450 – Cross-Cultural Communication
Commun 550 – International and Global Communication
Commun 750 – Theory and Research in Intercultural Communication
Commun 850 – Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Commun 950 – Theory Development in Communication and Culture

Selected Publications

Kim, S., Cramer, E., Lim, T., Song, H., Ahn, S., Kim, J., Kim, H., & Kim, J. (2018). When a family member is ill: Implications for prosocial behavior across cultures. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, XLIX, 21-44.
Lim, T. (2017). Verbal Communication across Cultures. Chen, L. (Ed.). , 179-198. Boston, MA: De Gruytor Mouton.
Kim, S., Hawkins, J., Song, H., Lim, T., Cramer, E., Ahn, S., Kim, J., Kim, H., Kim, J., & Ota, H. (2016). Communicating healthful food choice: Cultural difference in regulatory focus. Asian Communication Research, 13, 131-156.
Kim, S., Lim, T., Song, H., Cramer, E., Ahn, S., Kim, J., England, N., Kim, H., & Kim, J. (2016). Healthy food and cultural holism. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 52, 49-59.
Kim, S., Herrman, A., Song, H., Lim, T., Cramer, E., Ahn, S., Kim, J., Ota, H., Kim, H., & Kim, J. (2016). Exploring cultural differences in women’s body weight perception: The impact of self-construal on perceived overweight and engagement in health activities. Health Care for Women International, 37, 1203-1220.
Kim, S., Ahn, S., & Lim, T. (2015, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Predicting alcohol misuse among college students in the U.S. and South Korea. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
Kim, S., & Lim, T. (2015). Communication across cultures with people from Korea. Bennett, J. M. (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence, 1, 80-84.
Kim, S., Kim, J., & Lim, T. (2013). The impact of relational holism on conflict management style in colleagueship and friendship. Studies in Communication Sciences, 13, 58-66.
Lim, T., Kim, S., & Kim, J. (2011). Holism: A Missing Link in Individualism-Collectivism Research. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Routledge, 40, 21-38.