Dr. Guan-Soon Khoo

Assistant Professor
Department: English
Office: 118 Miller Hall
Phone: 375-2094



Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University (Mass Communications)

M.S. Lehigh University

B.S. Susquehanna University

Course List

Research & Teaching Interests:

RESEARCH: The psychological and social effects of media

TEACHING: Quantitative research methods, communication theory, media effects, mass communication, film.

Scholarly Activities:


Khoo, G. S. (2013, June). Reflection and time heal all wounds? Catharsis through drama for individuals with remote life events. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) in Berlin, Germany.

Khoo, G. S. (2012, July). Exploring catharsis via cinematic human drama. Paper presented at the 13th conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL) in Montréal, Canada.

Oliver, M. B., Woolley, J. K., Limperos, A., Tamul, D. J., Bae, K., & Khoo G. S. (2011, May). Meaningful affective states predict favorable evaluations of meaningful entertainment. Paper presented at the Information Systems Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) at the 61st annual conference in Boston, MA.

Khoo, G. S., Jia, H., & Hafernik, C. (2010, June). To friend or not to friend? An exploratory study of psychological effects of interface cues in Facebook friend requests. Paper presented at the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) at the 60th annual conference in Singapore.


Khoo, G. S. (2011). A novel telling in The Limey: Steven Soderbergh's non-continuity montage in mainstream American cinema. Offscreen.com. Volume 15, Issue 5. Retrieved Sep 22, 2011, from http://www.offscreen.com/index.php/pages/essays/limey_non-continuity_montage/.

Khoo, G. S. (2006). The White Countess: Merchant and Ivory’s final film. Offscreen.com, Volume 10, Issue 8. Retrieved Sep 4, 2009, from http://www.offscreen.com/biblio/phile/essays/white_countess/.


Ukulele, movie-viewing, listening to The Moth and New Yorker fiction podcasts, photography.

Recent Publications:


Available as a Media resource for the following topics:

Media Effects, Media Psychology, Film Drama

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on:

Media Effects, Media Psychology, Film Drama