Ph.D. Students

Graduate Program in Communication Ph.D. Students

Yoon Hyung Choi

Research interests: Computer-mediated communication; self-disclosure processes and content on social network sites; privacy management on social network sites; mental health and social network site use

Julie Davydova

Research interests: Health, environmental and risk communication; judgment making; attitude and behavior change; persuasion and youth; communication for social change; framing and effect of news stories on the audience

Wen Duan

Research interests: Intercultural communication; computer-mediated communication; intergroup communication and gender studies

Salma el Idrissi

Research interests: Social media; persuasion; sectarian discourse; representations and stereotypes; advocacy and media campaigns; communication and public policy, social and political dynamics in the Middle East

Ge Gao

Research interests: Multilingual and Intercultural Communication, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Diverse Teams

Jason Holley

Research interests: Environmental, science, and risk communication; constructions of risk in mediated texts such as those about climate change or environmental restoration; spatial dimensions of risk communication and the sociotechnical networks in which discourses are embedded; framing theory; the role(s) of policy infrastructures and controls in mediated risk discourses. 

Hepeng Jia

Research interests: Science communication in social context; role of communication in social and political transformation; science journalism; communication of science controversies; role of communication in shaping policies; Public opinion in China’s sociopolitical transformation

Motasem Kalaji

Research interests: Health communication and messaging; health preventative measures; persuasion theories; human behavior and development; influence of health messages on unhealthy behaviors, misconceptions and negative attitudes around healthy behavior

Deena Kemp

Research interests: Health communication and behavior; the influence of message content and context on health decisions and outcomes; health information needs, and risk perception; crisis communication; evidence-based communication interventions and the use of preventative measures and newly developed treatments

Byungdoo Kim

Research Interests: Environmental risk communication; sustainability communication; environmental campaign; human behavior and resource use; environmental sociology; sustainable energy consumption and production; recycling and upcycling    

Kaylee Kruzan

Research interests: Computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, therapeutic and behavioral interventions, existential psychology, terror management theory, mixed methods

Theodore Lee

Research interests: Health, persuasive, and quantified self communication. Currently focusing on tailoring to intrinsic/extrinsic motivations via mobile fitness devices

Wang Liao

Research interests: Interaction, structure, and micro-foundations of group-related social processes, particularly solidarity and hierarchy; Computational social science; Quantitative methods for causal inference

Hang Lu

Research interests: Risk, environmental, science and health communication; the role of emotions (both incidental and integral) in influencing information processing, judgments and decision making

John Lunsford

Research interests: Technological mediation; algorithms; social and cultural implications of technological integration; expression, interpretation, and meaning in and through technological spaces; technology’s influence in shaping the sense of self, presence, and agency; psychopharmacology as technology; robotics

Elizabeth Newbury

Research interests: Competitive video gaming (e-Sports); game studies and new media, particularly employing qualitative methods and mixed methods, with an emphasis on gender and technology and sociological/psychological impacts

Sandy Payette

Research interests: Gender and computing, both historical and contemporary issues; gender and organizational communication; open source software communities; knowledge infrastructures, data sharing and digital preservation

Hwanseok Song

Research interests: Trust and fairness in risk communication; social judgments, impression formation, person perception in environmental contexts; communication of environmental risk

Luping Wang

Research interests: Social media; network analysis and visualization; political communication; organizational communication; environmental communication and climate change

Carrie Young

Research interests: Environmental, health, and risk communication, with a focus on food security, climate change,  wildlife conservation, and other sustainability issues facing smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries of interest include Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.