Take a look at some of the groundbreaking research currently under way by these Murrow College faculty members:
Erica Austin (Ph.D., 1989, Stanford University) is a professor of communication at Washington State University and is widely published on media literacy, family communication and health issues. Her research focuses on the uses of media in decision making and social development. Topics include the interplay of media and parental influences in children’s decisions about health, politics and social reality. Dr. Austin also studies political decision making and disaffection among adults. She has served as an advisor to the federal government and organizations nationwide on media literacy issues. She received the 2001 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the 2005 Public Relations Educator of the Year award from the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was the recipient of the Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award from Washington State University in 2008.
Michael Beam (Ph.D., 2011, The Ohio State University) is an assistant professor of communication at Washington State University. His research broadly investigates the impact of new media technology on information creation, exposure and processing. He is especially interested in how personalized information technologies impact public opinion and health decision-making. Recent research projects have focused on personalized web portal use and news exposure, personalized election news and information processing, and gatekeeping on the Internet. Dr. Beam has also published research on processing ambiguous political humor found in The Colbert Reportand the impact of personalized health messages on attitudes and behaviors. He his work has received two top student paper awards from AEJMC. His research has appeared in Journal of Health Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, and New Media & Society.
Porismita Borah (Ph.D., 2010, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Assistant Professor of Communication in the Murrow College. Porismita;s main areas of research interests are political communication, emerging technology, campaigns and international communication. Within the sphere of political communication, her research is broadly concerned with understanding psychological processes. Projects in this area include the role of motivated processing, competitive frames, and ambivalence on framing effects. Other projects in political communication include large-scale survey research such as the nationwide three-wave panel survey of adolescents and their parents during the 2008 Presidential elections. Porismita's most recent research focuses on emerging technologies including the influence of incivility in the political blogosphere on news content; hyperlinks and news credibility; political Facebook use and its democratic consequences; Youtube and social activism; social media and the Arab Spring, and use of social media in drug abuse campaigns. Porismita's research has been published in many prestigious journals such as Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Political Communication. To learn more about Porismita's work, visit her website at http://porismitaborah.com/
Jolanta A. Drzewiecka (Ph.D. Arizona State University) is an associate professor of communication at Washington State University. Her research focuses on how cultural, racial, national, and other identities are constituted in discourses and how groups negotiate different forms of belonging in intercultural and transnational contexts. She draws on critical and cultural studies theories, discourse analysis and qualitative methods. Jola teaches classes in intercultural communication, globalization, and qualitative methods. She also teaches graduate seminars in critical perspectives in intercultural communication, cultural studies, and national identity and nationalism. Her research has been published in Communication Quarterly, Communication Theory, and The International and Intercultural Communication Annual, among others.
Elizabeth Blanks Hindman (Ph.D., 1994, University of Minnesota)Â is an associate professor of communication in the Murrow College. Her research centers on the intersection of media law and media ethics and on institutional media accountability. She uses political and ethical philosophy to study how courts approach questions of media ethics and how news organizations respond to ethics crises. Her work has been published in the Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Law and Policy, and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. Her article "First Amendment Theories and Press Responsibility:" The Work of Thomas Emerson, Zechariah Chafee, Vincent Blasi and Edwin Baker" was named as one of the fifty "classic" research articles in journalism and mass communication research from the last 80+ years. For a number of years she served on the board of directors of Office of Communication, Inc., a national organization dedicated to promoting justice in broadcast policy. She has served as the chair of both the Media Ethics Division and the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Douglas Blanks Hindman (Ph.D., 1994, University of Minnesota) is an associate professor of communication at Washington State University where he teaches courses in telecommunications and new communication technologies. His research focuses on the social antecedents of health communication such as community readiness, health disparities, and structural pluralism. His work is published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Mass Communication & Society, Health Education Research, Journal of Radio Studies, Mass media, social control, and social change: A macrosocial perspective, and in the International Encyclopedia of Communication.
Stacey J.T. Hust (Ph.D., 2005, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an assistant professor of communication at Washington State University. Her research explores how the mass media can be used for health promotion through strategies such as entertainment education and media advocacy. She also investigates the media’s effects on sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse prevention. She has earned awards for her research, which has been published as book chapters and journal articles. Her research has been published in Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Journal of International Advertising, Women & Health Journal, and Public Relations Review. Her research has been sponsored by the United States Department of Education, Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the Washington State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program. Since 2006 she has been the co-chair of the WSU Campus Campaign Against Sexual Assault.
E. Lincoln James (PhD, University of Texas at Austin–Marketing Communications) is a professor of advertising and managing editor of The Western Journal of Black Studies at Washington State University where he teaches Advertising Media Planning, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Direct Marketing. He is a contributing author to Media Flight Plan Plus,(1st, 2nd, and 3rd eds.), and Answer Guide to Media Flight Plan Plus, (1st, 2nd and 3rd Eds.). He is also co-editor of Philosophical Perspectives and Theoretical Paradigms in Africana Studies (WSU Press, 2007 ). His research has appeared in publications that include Advances in Marketing Theory, Practice, and Education; Business Research Yearbook, Global Business Perspective; International Journal of Advertising; Journal of Advertising; Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Direct Marketing; Journal of Marketing Education; Journal of Media Ethics; Journal of Media Planning; Journal of Promotion Management; Minority Marketing Issues and Prospects; Psychological Reports; The Western Journal of Black Studies; Weberforschung Und Praxis (Advertising Research and Practice) and Howard Journal of Communication. His research focuses on health communication, communication and race, the information content of advertising, marketing to minorities, and interactive marketing communication systems and effects.
Todd Norton (Ph.D., 2006, University of Utah) Toddâs research draws upon organization theory to explore public sphere issues such as environmental stakeholder participation. A native of the Great Lakes region, Todd obtained his bachelorâs and masterâs degrees from the University of WisconsinâStevens Point. He moved west and earned his PhD from the University of Utah in 2006, collaborating on interdisciplinary projects funded by the Department of Energyand National Science Foundation. He received the David C. Williams Memorial Graduate Fellowship from the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences for his dissertation Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Organizing Land Politics.
Todd's ongoing research intersects critical conceptualizations of discourse with a systems view of organizing. He brings these orientations together through investigations of stakeholder dynamics including dialectical tensions of control/resistance forces. His current projects investigate the role of organizational politics and property in public and private land disputes. His research appears in Communication Theory, Southern Communication of Journal, and Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.
Jeffery Chaichana Peterson (Ph.D., 2006, University of New Mexico) is an assistant professor of communication at Washington State University. His research focuses on Intercultural/Development Communication, Health Communication, and the Diffusion of Innovations. He is a former Centers for Disease Control Minority Research Fellow and his doctoral dissertation focused on the role of participatory public health research among American Indian communities in New Mexico and Arizona. Among his research projects, Dr. Peterson has investigated the diffusion of Clean Indoor Air policies, factors related to the translation of public health research from development to practice, and the "culture" of prescription drug misuse by college students. Dr. Peterson is currently working on two community-based participatory research projects utilizing the "photovoice" method, one to address the factors related to home stability among formerly homeless individuals and another to document environmental health issues in a Hispanic farm worker community. He has most recently published in Health Education and Behavior and in Health Communication.
Bruce Pinkleton (Ph.D., 1992, Michigan State University) is a professor of communication and chair of the Strategic Communication degree program at Washington State University. His research program focuses on the role of individual motivations and information source use in individuals’ decision-making processes in political and health contexts, including evaluating communication campaign effectiveness. He is coauthor of Strategic Public Relations Management and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, the Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Pediatrics, the Journal of Advertising, and Mass Communication and Society. His research has been sponsored by the Associated Press-Seattle, the American Legacy Foundation, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and the Alcoholic Beverage and Medical Research Foundation. He received the 2007 Public Relations Educator of the Year award from the Greater Spokane Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. email@example.com
Lawrence Pintak (Ph.D., Islamic Studies, Univ. of Wales, Lampeter) is the founding dean and professor of communication at Washington State University. His research interests are America’s relationship with the Muslim world, the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy, the future of journalism in a digital/globalized world, and the responsibilities of reporters covering conflict and social injustice. Pintak is founder and co-editor of the online journal Arab Media & Society (www.arabmediasociety) and serves on the editorial boards of Media, War & Conflict and Global Media Journal. His research articles have appeared in the International Journal of Press/Politics, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice and Middle East Journal. His research on Arab media has also been featured in The New York Times Week in Review. Pintak’s books include Beirut Outtakes (1988), Seeds of Hate: How America’s flawed Middle East Policy ignited the jihad (2003), and Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam & the War of Ideas (2006), which Middle East Journal called “an example of the best of contemporary journalism.” His forthcoming book, The New Arab Journalist, will be published by I.B. Tauris in early 2010.
Changmin Yan (Ph.D., 2008, Pennsylvania State University) is an assistant professor of communication at Washington State University. Broadly speaking, his research centers around media psychology, persuasion and methodology. He is particularly interested in exploring the roles of emotion and motivational systems in strategic communication campaigns. His recent projects have looked at the interactions of emotion, motivation, and message features, such as framing, in health and environmental communication contexts. In addition, in his latest work, Dr. Yan has tested different models of the affect-motivation relationship. He has also investigated methodological issues in measuring the affective and cognitive processing of strategic health communication messages. His work has appeared in the Journal of Communication. Before joining WSU, Dr. Yan was an assistant professor of communication and journalism and a cooperating assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maine, Orono.