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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Ron Price

  1. Ph.D. Student
LocationMurrow Hall 241BA



Ron Price, M.A., is a research assistant with the MAC Lab. He currently assists with the Great Plays project, which consists of quantitative and qualitative data collection efforts with college students related to substance use and sexual activity. Ron is also assisting on a project focused on youths’ perceptions of cannabis packaging appeals. In addition to survey development and qualitative data analysis, Ron serves as the teen advisory steering committee coordinator. Ron’s research focuses on media representation of minority groups. His current research interests include, but are not limited to, bringing attention to minority representation in health communication and media settings. He has published his work in journals including International Journal of Communication, International Communication Gazette, and Drug & Alcohol Review.


  • B.A., Communication Studies (Public Communication emphasis, minor in Sociology), Boise State University
  • M.A., Communication, Washington State University

Classes Taught

  • COM 102 – Introduction to Communication
  • COM 138 – Introduction to Communication
  • COM 210 – Multimedia Content Creation
  • COMSTRAT 310 – Digital Content Promotion
  • COMSTRAT 380 – Advertising Principles & Practice
  • COMSTRAT 381 – Media Strategies & Technology for Advertising

Research Interests

  • Health communication
  • LGBTQ+
  • Representation
  • Media
  • Underrepresented


  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow
  • Boise State University Deans List Highest Honors
  • Pacific Northwest Judge Educator of the Year
  • Murrow College Outstanding Contribution to Teaching

Selected Publications

Vishnevskaya, A., Hilton, K., Price, R., Thatcher, G., Zhang, Z., & Tan, A. (2023). 2022 Beijing winter Olympic games: The effect of media visual primes on American public opinion about the Olympics and China. International Communication Gazette. Advance online publication.

Willoughby, Hust, S. J. T., Couto, L., Li, J., Kang, S., Nickerson, C. G., Price, R., & Tlachi-Munoz, S. (2023). The impact of sexual scripts in brand-generated cannabis social media posts on sex-related cannabis expectancies: Does body appreciation moderate effects? Drug and Alcohol Review. Advance online publication.

Gillig, T. K., Macary, J., & Price, R. (2022). Virtual camp: LGBTQ youths’ collective coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Communication, 16, 981–1005. 

Price, R. (2019). Sexual harassment experiences of LGBT+ students in intercollegiate speech and debate activities. McNair Scholars Research Journal, 14, 10.

Conference Presentations

Price, R. (2023, March). A qualitative exploration of youth’s perceptions of cannabis-infused product packaging appeals in Washington State [Poster presentation]. Washington State University Academic Showcase, Pullman, WA.

Price, R. (2018, August). Sexual Harassment of LGBT+ students in intercollegiate speech and debate activities [Paper presentation]. Summer Research Symposium. Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Price, R. (2018, July). Sexual harassment of LGBT+ students in Intercollegiate speech and debate activities [Poster presentation]. The Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research. Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Price, R. (2018, March). Sexual harassment of LGBT+ students in intercollegiate speech and debate activities. Poster presentation at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference. Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Price, R. (2018, Feb). Sexual harassment of LGBT+ students in intercollegiate speech and debate activities [Poster presentation]. National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research. University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

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