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College of Information and Communications

Faculty Research and Areas of Interest

In both quantity and quality the professional and academic faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications have made great strides in producing significant scholarship. Consistent with our role as a Carnegie Foundation-designated doctoral university with “very high research activity,” our faculty are involved in a broad range of research projects with funding from sources including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of State and Health Sciences South Carolina.

Shannon Bowen ethical decision making within corporations, pharmaceutical firms, governmental entities and the public relations industry, leadership and management decision making, internal communication, and issues management
Kenneth Campbell First Amendment legal history; media coverage of lynchings; representation of African Americans in the media including news, advertising and entertainment programming; collective memory and framing; cultivation analysis
Shirley Staples Carter women and leadership; diversity issues in journalism and mass communication higher education; multicultural images in the media
Randy Covington digital media and how news organizations must change to compete in a new media world
Kelly Davis public health policy, corporate social responsibility, and ethics in public relations practice.
Bonnie Drewniany creative strategy in advertising; Super Bowl advertising
Scott Farrand publication; print design; visual communication; informational graphics
Doug Fisher new media; newsroom management in the digital age; newsroom sociology; new technologies; data-driven journalism
August Grant new communication technologies; media audience behavior; convergent journalism; radio and television broadcasting; applications of network analysis to the study of media organizations and audiences
Cecile Holmes religion and media; reporting and retelling personal stories related to spirituality; research related to writing, international communications, race and religion, civil rights and interfaith understanding
Kevin Hull sports media; social media; business of television news; how athletes communicate with fans and media
S. Mo Jang new media; political communication; science communication; media psychology and digital journalism
Keith Kenney multisensory communication and media; storytelling with photos and video
Sei-Hill Kim the intersection of the media and social issues; how issues are presented in the media and the effects on the audiences; public health; science; politics; public relations
Van Kornegay visual communications; international journalism
Karen  Mallia exploring creativity, the creative process, and creative work in advertising; the evolution of advertising platforms; relationships between gender and creative leadership
Carmen Maye the intersection of law and expression; commercial speech; intellectual property; access; role of visual communications in shaping public policy
Denise McGill photojournalism with a focus on migration, faith and multicultural issues
Brooke McKeever strategic communication, including public relations, health communication, nonprofit advocacy and fundraising; media content and digital communication about health and social issues, and related effects; campaigns and strategies that mobilize publics and improve health and social conditions
Robert McKeever the persuasive effects of mass media content, particularly as applied to pro-social topics such as mental health advocacy
Tara Mortensen visual communication; media sociology; de-professionalization of visual journalism; amateur photography; user-generated visual content
Leigh Moscowitz news constructions of social issues; LGBTQ issues in news and popular culture; media, sport and society; reporting on gender and sexuality; media and social movements; gender and crime reporting
David Moscowitz cultural identity + politics, diversity and intercultural/intergroup/international media, film and media criticism, gender and the body, public and visual culture 
Holly Overton corporate social responsibility communication and sustainability communication with a focus on environment; psychological factors that impact information processing and engagement among publics; nonprofit public relations; persuasive impact of messages and technological factors in public relations contexts
Carol Pardun relationship between advertising and society; how electronic cigarettes are promoted through social media advertising
Eric Robinson media law and policy, particularly involving the internet and social and other new media
Lisa Sisk crisis communications; nonprofit public relations; internal communications
Laura Smith electronic journalism in the 21st century; multi-platform journalism and convergence; newsroom practices, processes, structure and influences, representation issues & news diversity; FCC media ownership policy and media consolidation; journalism education & pedagogy
Andrea Tanner media communication of health information and how information contributes to the public’s health beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions; journalism practice and education and creative work; leadership in the creative industries; advocacy communications
Ran Wei emerging media in cross-cultural contexts; media effects and society (the processes and effects mediated communication in political, health, promotional, science and risk contexts); advances in communication theories in the era of digital media
David Weintraub visual storytelling across media platforms; modernism in visual communications, music, and literature; entrepreneurship for creative professionals; media coverage of climate change
Taylor Wen role of mood and emotions in persuasion related to brand advertising, health and risk communications, and digital media; psychophysiological measurement of emotions; visual attention and memory; consumer psychology
Ernest Wiggins professional practices of the mass media; popular culture; community engagement, media criticism
Linwan Wu strategic communication, communication technology, media psychology, consumer behavior, and emotional persuasion