Graduate Faculty

Learn with faculty members who represent a wide variety of research interests and professional and academic backgrounds.

Colin Agur

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

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

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 Kilgo

Danielle Brown, 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

Matt Carlson, Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies MA and PhD, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of interest include journalism studies, media studies, and cultural studies

Elisia Cohen

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

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

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

Jisu Huh, Professor, Raymond O. Mithun Chair in Advertising

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 Katz

Sherri Jean Katz, Associate 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.