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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
Sabrina Habib
the creative process, creative advertising education, and the intersection of creativity and technology in higher education; visual communication of complex issues
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
Jungmi Jun
health communication/information disparities, media framing of health risks, cancer, and medical tourism, alternative (smokeless, e-cigarettes) tobacco users’ risk perception and information seeking, PR/communication practices of healthcare providers  
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 PR; 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
Tom Reichert
advertising and media content and effects; issues and concerns regarding the uses and effects of advertising on professional practice and culture; political communication
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