Department Faculty and Academic Staff

Department Faculty Leadership

Katherine McComas

Professor McComas serves as the newly appointed Chair for the Department of Communication.  
Research and Academic Interests: 
Risk communication related to health and the environment, particularly examining the influence of trust and fairness; community engagement in environmental decision making; communication about zoonotic and infectious disease  in the context of climate change.


Department Faculty and Academic Staff

Eric Baumer

Eric Baumer

Eric Baumer

Postdoc Associate

Research and Academic Interests: designing, implementing, and evaluating information technologies, especially interactive visualizations based on computational text analysis, to promote critical thinking and reflection. Eric's current projects examine framing in political text to foster more thoughtful discussions of political issues and technology refusal to understand how society decides where technology is (in)appropriate.

Natalie Bazarova

Natalie Bazarova

Natalie Bazarova

Assistant Professor

Research and Academic Interests:  
Communication technology and personal relationships; self-disclosure and privacy online; social cognition and attributional judgments; group communication. 

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Cohen

Visiting Lecturer

Research and Academic Interests:  
Public speaking; speech communication; rhetoric; communication and culture; rhetorical criticism.‚Äč

Gina Eosco

Gina Eosco

Gina Eosco

Postdoc Associate

Research interests: Intersection of visual, science and risk communication; understanding how iconic depictions of science and risk influence people differently than their photographic counterparts, in particular, visuals depicting uncertainty and risk of meteorological hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash flooding

Susan Fussell

Professor Fussell serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.
Research and Academic Interests:
Computer-mediated communication, social computing, computer-supported cooperative work, and human-robot interaction. One of her major research projects focuses on understanding how people's cultural backgrounds influence computer-mediated communication.

Geri Gay

Geri Gay

Geri Gay

Professor

Dr. Geri Gay is the Kenneth J. Bissett Professor and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow.
Research and Academic Interests:
Social and technical issues in the design and application of interactive communication technologies. Specifically, interested in social navigation, persuasive computing, affective computing, social networking, mobile computing, and design theory. 

Tarleton Gillespie

Tarleton Gillespie

Tarleton Gillespie

Associate Professor

Professor Gillespie serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Research and Academic Interests:
New media technologies and society; the technical, legal, political, and economic structuring of public culture; information policy, especially copyright; technology and discourse.

Sherri Jean Katz

Sherri Jean Katz

Sherri Jean Katz

Postdoc Associate

Research interests: Persuasion, technology, and youth; how distance and abstraction influence the effectiveness of persuasive messages; developmental factors related to cognitive abstraction and technology usage

Lois Levitan

Lois Levitan

Lois Levitan

Senior Extension Associate

Research and Academic Interests:  
Directs Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, developing recycling infrastructure and markets, and Environmental Risk Analysis Program, helping citizens and policy-makers balance levels of concern with levels of risk and social impact.

Bruce Lewenstein

Research and Academic Interests: 
Public communication of, public understanding of, and public engagement in science and technology; history of science communication, science journalism, and science museums; informal science education.

Drew Margolin

Drew Margolin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Drew Margolin holds the Geri Gay Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Communication and Technology. Research and Academic Interests: Social and semantic network analysis of organizations and institutions; social media measures of state and evolution of populations and communities; role of communication technology in shaping organizational and institutional behavior. 

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews

Postdoc Associate

Research interests: mental health, mobile health, therapeutic computer games, personal informatics. Mark is a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow with the Interaction Design Lab in Information Science, who researches ways to support mental wellbeing. He is leading a 3 year project investigating the interplay between bipolar disorder and technology use.

Poppy McLeod

Poppy McLeod

Poppy McLeod

Associate Professor

Research and Academic Interests:  
Communication within and between groups; social influence and information effects in group decision-making; influence of technology on group processes; influence of social identity and emotions in groups. Teaching includes: communication and decision-making in groups, persuasion and social influence, research methods.  

Norman Porticella

Norman Porticella

Visiting Lecturer

Research and Academic Interests: bridging research in communication and social psychology which addresses the relationships between human motivation, attention, beliefs, attitudes, and decision making in the context of different types of mediated messages (e.g. health, entertainment).

Lindsay Reynolds

Lindsay Reynolds

Lindsay Reynolds

Postdoc Associate

Research interests: collaboration among players in massively multiplayer online games. Lindsay works with the Interaction Design Lab in Information Science. Her research focuses on understanding how communication impacts aspects of both work and social collaboration in mediated contexts.

Dawn Schrader

Dawn Schrader

Dawn Schrader

Associate Professor

Research and Academic Interests:  
Privacy issues, including the psychological value of privacy and increasing awareness of privacy implications for the individual and society; and  adolescent girls' social aggression; specifically, the protection of self-integrity and the promotion of ethical behavior in bystanders.

Michael Shapiro

Research and Academic Interests: 
Media psychology including: psychology of narrative, psychology of entertainment media, and, psychology of narrative health and risk messages—particularly the role of realism, emotion, and empathy in processing story characters and in attitude change and persuasion.

Y. Connie Yuan

Y. Connie Yuan

Y. Connie Yuan

Associate Professor

Research and Academic Interests: 
Organizational knowledge management, social network analysis, intercultural communication,  group decision-making, and technology use in organizations.