Learn with faculty members who represent a wide variety of research interests and professional and academic backgrounds.
Colin Agur, Assistant Professor
MA, international political economy, University of Warwick; MPhil and PhD, communications, Columbia University
Areas of research include mobile communication, telecommunications, social media, political economy of media, political communication, and media studies.
Sid Bedingfield, Assistant Professor
Cowles Research Fellow MA and PhD, Mass Communication, University of South Carolina
Research interests include political communication, history of journalism, role of mediated communication in political and cultural change.
Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Assistant Professor
MSc, sociology, Université De Montréal; PhD, sociology, City University of London
Areas of research include journalism studies, news production, social media, media sociology, and digital culture.
Danielle Brown Kilgo, John & Elizabeth Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality
PhD, University of Texas
Research interests look primarily at the interaction among social movements, social media, and journalism.
Matt Carlson, Associate Professor
MA and PhD, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Areas of interest include journalism studies, media studies, and cultural studies
Elisia Cohen, Professor and Director
MA, Communication, Wake Forest University, and PhD, Communication, University of Southern California
Areas of research include health and political communication with specific depth of expertise in developing and evaluating multilevel interventions to improve cancer and vaccination communication, community-based participatory research strategies and community-engaged intervention trial research designs, and media content analysis.
Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associate Professor
MA and PhD, mass communication, University of Minnesota
Scholar of international mass communication history, particularly the role of journalism and mediated discourses in international affairs; a former reporter and editor for the Associated Press in three US states and Italy.
Kenneth O. Doyle, Associate Professor
PhD, Psychology, University of Minnesota
Areas of research include money and property in social communication; biopsychosocial foundations of attitude and motivation, measurement theory, financial planning across the life span.
Jisu Huh, Professor, Raymond O. Mithun Chair in Advertising
Director of Graduate Studies MA and PhD, advertising, University of Georgia
Areas of research include computational advertising research, consumer trust and its role in viral advertising and information diffusion, viral advertising and consumer-brand engagement in social media, and direct-to-consumer advertising of healthcare products.
Sherri Jean Katz, Assistant Professor
MA, culture and communications, New York University; MS and PhD, communication, Cornell University
Research interests include health communication, technology, youth, media psychology, construal level theory, and psychological reactance.
Jane Kirtley, Professor, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law
Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law MS, journalism, Northwestern University and J.D., law, Vanderbilt University
Areas of research include media law; First Amendment issues; and freedom of information. Kirtley is an affiliated faculty member of the University of Minnesota Law School.
Rebekah Nagler, Associate Professor
PhD, communication, University of Pennsylvania
Research areas include the effects of routine exposure to health information in the media; cancer communication; and communication inequalities and health disparities.
Amy O'Connor, Associate Professor
MA, communication, Western Michigan University and PhD, communication, Purdue University
Area of research is corporate communication with a focus on corporate social responsibility messaging and its effects on reputation, branding, legitimacy, and employee recruitment/retention.
Hyejoon Rim, Associate Professor
MS, public relations, Syracuse University; PhD, mass communication, University of Florida
Areas of research include corporate social responsibility, consumer skepticism, crisis communication, and public engagement and social media.
Adam Saffer, Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Oklahoma
Research revolves around understanding the ways individuals, groups and organizations use and are influenced by communication networks.
Claire Segijn, Assistant Professor
MSc and PhD, communication science, University of Amsterdam
Areas of research include multiscreening; media multitasking; attention; information processing; and advertising effectiveness.
Chris Terry, Assistant Professor
MA, mass communication, UW-Milwaukee; PhD, mass communication/law, University of Wisconsin
Researches policy implementation and enforcement by the FCC, FTC, and FEC. Focus on structural issues related to media ownership, new media, and the regulation of both commercial speech and political advertising.
Benjamin Toff, Assistant Professor
MA and PhD, political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research interests include news audiences and political engagement, public opinion and mass media, changing norms and practices of political journalism, and political communication.
Emily Vraga, Associate Professor, Don and Carole Larson Professorship
PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Areas of research include how people process news and information about contentious health, scientific, and political issues, particularly in response to disagreeable messages they encounter in digital media environments.
Marco Yzer, Professor
MA and PhD, social & organizational psychology, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
Areas of research include the evaluation of mass media campaigns, experimental tests of message effectiveness, tests of the validity of theories of behavioral change and the applicability of such theories to health communication.