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Ph.D. Students

Graduate Program in Communication Ph.D. Students

Chelsea Butkowski
Research interests: Self-representation, visual communication, social media, political communication and self-expression, media stereotyping, feminist media studies, media effects, mixed methods
Julie Cannon
Research interests: Unintended effects of health communication and entertainment media; digital media literacy; mobile health communication; health disparities; role of prejudice, embodiment, and narrative in persuasion
Oliver Ngai Keung Chan
Research interests: Metric culture; gig economy; sociology of quantification; critical data studies; politics of algorithms; the impacts of technologies on service work; urban communication; media and social movements
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
Research interests: Academic labor; accessibility and diversity; belonging; digital labor; feminist media studies and intersectional feminist HR practices; intergroup and intragroup communication; the interplay of work and technology; mixed methods
Salma el Idrissi
Research interests: Mass media; social media; identity; values, representations and stereotypes;  media campaigns; communication and public policy; political communication; content analysis
Alex Hinck
Research interests: Social media, identity process, self-concept change, (affiliate) stigma, privacy, visibility, online social support, mixed methods
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. 
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
Byungdoo Kim
Research Interests: Environmental judgment and decision-making, biases in environmental perception and judgment, and virtual embodiment and pro-environmental attitude and behavior
Catherine Lambert
Research interests: Risk communication and public responses to renewable energy, with a focus on geothermal energy, induced earthquake hazards, and the role of place, community, and history
Theodore Lee
Research interests: Health, persuasion, and quantified human-computer interaction. Currently focusing on tailoring to intrinsic/extrinsic motivations via Fitbit
Xiaoyan Li
Research interests: Understanding emotions in intercultural teams, language tools supporting multilingual communication, computer-mediated communication
Research interests: Discursive work between technology, society, and policy; persuasive elements in media; sociological imagination of technology; the intersection of city life and autonomous technologies
Colten Meisner
Research interests: Social media; self-presentation; status and reputation; invisible labor; critical algorithm studies; digital culture; gender and sexual identity; qualitative research methods.
Swati Pandita
Research interests: Human Computer Interaction, virtual reality, avatars & identity, embodied cognition,emotional regulation, & mental health technologies
Bharathy Premachandra
Research interests: Social inequity; social disparities; social identity; social determinants of education and health; evidence-based interventions; policy; mixed methods
Amanda Purington
Research interests: Interpersonal communication; computer-mediated communication; health communication; family communication
Shruti Sannon
Research interests: Privacy and disclosure; digital labor; inequality; human-computer interaction; social computing
Megan Sawey
Research interests: Role of technology in companionship; gender; commodification of companionship; digital labor; correlations between new media and social interaction
Melissa Seipel
Research interests: Media effects, media psychology, entertainment media, narrative persuasion, parasocial phenomena, trust
Brett Stoll
Research interest: Human-robot/agent interaction, humor and emotion, interpersonal and group communication theory, computer-mediated communication
Teairah Taylor
Research interests: Health communication; racial and ethnic health disparities; evidence-based interventions; racial and ethnic identity; social determinants of health
Yiwei Xu
Research interests: Media psychology; health risk communication; strategic health message design and effects; social determinants of health; health policy
Vincent Chao Yu
Research interests: Collective online communication behaviors; crowdsourcing; online reviews; social media; network analysis
Congcong Zhang
Research interests: Intergroup and intragroup communication, social network analysis, knowledge exchange under computer-mediated contexts