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CCI Faculty Research Interests

College of Communication & Information

NamePositionResearch Interests
Suzie AllardAssociate Dean for Research,
Director of the Center for Information & Communication Studies,
Chancellor’s Professor; CCI Board of Visitors Professor
  • Science Data
  • Science/Health Information & Communication
  • Library & Information Science Education
  • Intercultural/International Information Issues
Virginia W. KupritzAssociate Dean for Academic Programs,
Director of Graduate Studies,
Inaugural William H. Swain Professor; Professor
  • Workplace privacy
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Architectural communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Training transfer in organizations
Sam SwanCCI Director of Internationalization and Outreach,
Professor
  • International broadcasting
  • Broadcast journalism
Michael O. WirthCCI Dean,
Professor
  • Media and telecommunication economics, management, law and policy

School of Advertising & Public Relations

NamePositionResearch Interests
Robyn BlakemanAssociate Professor
  • Advertising and Graphic Design
Courtney Carpenter ChildersAssociate Professor,
Executive Director, Adam Brown Social Media Command Center
  • Advertising to children
  • Food/beverage marketing
  • Parental responses to advertising
  • Societal issues
  • Social media marketing
  • Influencer marketing
Moonhee ChoAssistant Professor
  • Organization-Public Relationship/Engagement
  • Nonprofit Management; Fundraising
  • Empowerment
  • Strategic Use of Emerging Media
Elizabeth Avery FosterDirector,
Professor
  • Health Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Public Health Campaigns
Eric HaleyProfessor
  • Advocacy Advertising
  • Account Planning
  • Health Communication
  • Advertising and Society Issues
Derrick HollandAssistant Professor
  • Transparency in Public Relations Messaging
  • Public Relations Campaigns
  • Environmental Communication
  • Public Health Campaigns
Mariea HoyDeForrest Jackson Professor
  • Advertising Disclosures
  • Online Privacy
  • Advertising & Childhood Obesity
  • DTC Rx Advertising
  • Advergaming/Social Gaming
Sally McMillanProfessor
  • Interactivity
  • Health communication
  • User generated content
  • Student Success
Michael J. PalencharAssociate Professor
  • Risk Communication
  • Crisis Communication
  • Issues Management
  • Community Right to Know & Front Groups
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media and Risk/Crisis Communication
Matthew PittmanAssistant Professor
  • Social Media and Cognition
  • Sustainability Campaigns
  • Green/Environmental Advertising
Candace WhiteProfessor
  • Comparative global public relations
  • Public relations as a component of public diplomacy (corporate diplomacy)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Perceptions of public relations practices
  • Public diplomacy
  • Corporate social responsibility
Sifan XuAssistant Professor
  • Social Identities
  • Organization-Public Relationships
  • Community-Based Crisis Communication
  • Risk Communication

School of Communication Studies

NamePositionResearch Interests
Jenny CrowleyAssistant Professor
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Stigma
  • Social Support
  • Information Management
John HaasDirector,
Associate Professor
  • Organizational communication effectiveness
  • Public communication effectiveness
  • Communication in education and society
Michael R. KotowskiAssociate Professor,
Director of Graduate Studies
  • Social Influence
  • Interpersonal/Small Group
  • Research Methodology
Virginia W. KupritzAssociate Dean for Academic Programs,
Director of Graduate Studies,
Inaugural William H. Swain Professor; Professor
  • Workplace privacy
  • Intergenerational communication
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Architectural communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Training transfer in organizations
Laura MillerAssociate Professor
  • Interpersonal and health communication
Emily A. PaskewitzAssistant Professor
  • Group Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Applied Communication
Joan R. RentschProfessor
  • Mindfulness
  • Team Member Schema Similarity
  • Cognition in organizations
  • Organizational Behavior
Michelle ViolantiAssociate Professor
  • Organizational leadership
  • Instructional communication and assessment
  • Culture and language
  • Health and wellness
DaJung (DJ) WooAssistant Professor
  • Organizational Communication
  • Interorganizational Collaboration
  • Knowledge and Expertise Sharing in Organizations
  • Organizational Implications of Technologies
Courtney N. WrightAssociate Professor,
Director of Undergraduate Studies & Honors Program
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Conflict Management, Bargaining & Negotiation
  • Inclusion & Communicating Differences
  • Instructional Communication & Teacher-Training
  • Communication Training & Development

School of Information Sciences

NamePositionResearch Interests
Suzie AllardAssociate Dean for Research,
Director of the Center for Information & Communication Studies,
Chancellor’s Professor; CCI Board of Visitors Professor
  • Science Data
  • Science/Health Information & Communication
  • Library & Information Science Education
  • Intercultural/International Information Issues
Dania BilalProfessor
  • Youth informatics
  • Information behavior, child-computer interaction
  • Information retrieval, relevance, web search engines
  • Human-computer interaction, interface design and usability
  • User information discovery & information literacy
  • STEM data management and curation
  • Library automation
Wade BishopAssociate Professor
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Geographic Information Librarianship
  • Research Data Management
  • FAIR Data Principles
  • Virtual reference
Rachel Fleming-MaySIS Director of Graduate Studies,
Associate Professor
  • Academic libraries, librarianship, and users
  • Conceptual, theoretical, and foundational issues in LIS
  • Information behavior
  • Evaluation and assessment of libraries and information resources
  • Qualitative approaches to LIS research
  • The Intersection of Literature and Information
Carolyn HankAssistant Professor
  • Sociology of Information
  • Social Media
  • Information Policy
  • Data Curation
Diane KellyDirector,
Professor
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Interactive information search and retrieval
  • Information search behavior
  • Research methods
Devendra PotnisAssociate Professor
  • Information tools & services (mobile apps, wearable devices, e-Books,
    info systems, social media, assistive tech, & websites) for individuals (students, farmers, women, & youth), organizations
    (libraries, small businesses, microfinance), & governments
  • Information literacy (financial literacy of disadvantaged communities)
  • Information behavior – seeking, searching, processing, using, and forwarding information
  • Information networks of communities (e.g., farmers in rural India,
    childbirth and motherhood groups)
  • Innovations (e.g., inclusive innovation for unbanked women,
    sustaining and scaling innovations in libraries)
Vandana SinghAssociate Professor
  • Human computer interaction
  • User experience
  • Usability
  • Open source software
  • Online customer support
  • Computer supported cooperative work
Carol TenopirChancellor’s Professor,
Board of Visitors Professor
  • The information industry
  • Online reference services
  • Information access and retrieval
  • Indexing and abstracting
  • Electronic journals
  • Scholarly communication
Peiling WangProfessor
  • Open Peer Review (OPR) in Open Science (OS)
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Database design and migration
  • Information behaviors
  • Cognitive and affective computing
  • Research methodologies and methods
  • Citation analysis
Cindy WelchClinical Associate Professor,
Coordinator of Youth Services
  • Youth services in public libraries and library history
  • Children’s and teens’ services in public libraries,
    YA literature, the history of public libraries
  • Communications technology adoption/use by children’s
    and YA librarians in public libraries
Xiaohua (Awa) ZhuAssociate Professor
  • Intellectual property
  • electronic resources licensing and management
  • information policy
  • open government/open access/open data
  • social informatics
  • academic libraries

School of Journalism & Electronic Media

NamePositionResearch Interests
Julie AndsagerProfessor
  • media messages about health, medicine, and science
  • public opinion
Stuart N. BrotmanHoward Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law,
Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media
  • Telecommunications /electronic mass media law and policy
  • International communications regulation
  • Global broadband development
  • Media management transformation
  • Intellectual property
  • Internet governance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Freedom of expression
  • Media and journalism ethics
  • Leadership in media industries
  • Digital media production, distribution, and exhibition
  • Media history
  • News distortion and disinformation
Nicholas GeidnerAssociate Professor
  • Effects of Internet technologies on journalism and group formation.
Mark HarmonProfessor
  • Television news gatekeeping
  • Connections between media and materialistic values
Rob HellerProfessor
  • Photojournalism history
  • New technology
  • Newspaper design
  • Typography
Barbara KayeProfessor
  • Users and uses of online political information
  • Profanity on television
  • Media Effects
Bob LeggAssociate Professor
  • Media Effects
Mark LittmannHill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing,
CCI Board of Visitors Professor
  • Astronomy and the history of astronomy
  • Writing about science for the general public
  • Science writing as literature
  • History of science
  • Teaching science and science writing
Catherine LutherDirector,
Professor
  • International communication
  • Press-state relations
  • Intergroup conflict
  • Terrorism and the media
  • Issues involving media and social group representations
Michael T. MartinezAssistant Professor
  • First Amendment Law – Media and the courts
  • Visual Communication – Political coverage
  • History – Journalism practice
Amber RoessnerAssociate Professor
  • History of media and its intersection with American culture and collective memory
  • The practice of mass communications, in particular sports and politics
  • Race, gender, class & the mass media
  • Critical & cultural studies
Sam SwanCCI Director of Internationalization and Outreach,
Professor
  • International broadcasting
  • Broadcast journalism
Erin WhitesideAssociate Professor
  • Sports media
  • Cultural studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Media diversity
  • sexuality
  • gender
Michael O. WirthCCI Dean,
Professor
  • Media and telecommunication economics, management, law and policy

Center for Information & Communication Studies

NamePositionResearch Interests
Suzie AllardAssociate Dean for Research,
Director of the Center for Information & Communication Studies,
Chancellor’s Professor; CCI Board of Visitors Professor
  • Science Data
  • Science/Health Information & Communication
  • Library & Information Science Education
  • Intercultural/International Information Issues