Department Faculty and Academic Staff

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Department Faculty Leadership

Professor McComas serves as the Chair for the Department of Communication.  

Academic and Research 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

Jenny Barnett

Courtesy Lecturer
Academic and Research Interests
Media writing and editing; the media industry; fashion and popular culture; professional writing. 
Natalie Bazarova

Natalie Bazarova

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests  
Communication technology and personal relationships; self-disclosure and privacy online; social cognition and attributional judgments; group communication. 
Academic Interests
Social media content; writing for media; script writing; podcasts; short documentary film; vlogging.
Teaching
Writing & Producing Narrative for Digital Media; Connecting Experience: Creating a Personal Brand & Implementing an ePortfolio.
Professional Development Responsibilities
Organizing the NYComm student-alumni network trip; advising the Cornell Media and Entertainment student organization.

Sahara Byrne

Associate Professor
Sahara Byrne is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Communication.

Academic and Research Interests
Media effects; media and human development; persuasion; strategic communication.

E. Lauren Chambliss

Senior Lecturer
Academic Interests
Communication skills; communication strategy; message development; reporting and writing.
Teaching
Writing about Communication; Environmental & Sustainability Communication.

Jodi Cohen

Senior Lecturer
Academic Interests
Critical studies of rhetoric; communication and democracy; communication and culture. 
Teaching
Oral Communication.
Professional Development Responsibilities
Managing student internship program.

Dominic DiFranzo

Postdoctoral Associate
Academic and Research Interests
Collaborating with colleagues across the social sciences and humanities to translate the tools and methods from data science, e-science and informatics to address their research needs and purposes. This includes working with a wide array of research groups and projects including large-scale social network analysis, experimental ethnography, open government data, and web observatories. 

Brooke Erin Duffy

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interests
New media and society; digital labor; gender and identity; media work and online cultural production; consumer culture; qualitative research methods.
Professor Fussell serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.

Academic and Research Interests
Computer-mediated communication; social computing; computer-supported cooperative work; 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

Professor
Dr. Geri Gay is the Kenneth J. Bissett Professor and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow.

Academic and Research Interests
Social and technical issues in the design and application of interactive communication technologies; social navigation; persuasive computing; affective computing; social networking; mobile computing; and design theory. 

Tarleton Gillespie

Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
New media technologies and society; the technical, legal, political, and economic structuring of public culture; information policy, especially copyright; technology and discourse.

Amelia Greiner Safi

Senior Research Associate
Academic and Research Interests
Health and environmental communication; process analysis; translation of research into practice and policy; links among policy, health and environment; urban planning and public health.
 
Lee Humphreys

Lee Humphreys

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Sociology of mobile and social media; historicizing media practices through qualitative research methods.

Bruce Lewenstein

Professor of Science Communication
Academic and Research 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

Assistant Professor
Dr. Drew Margolin holds the Geri Gay Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Communication and Technology.

Academic and Research 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. 
Poppy McLeod

Poppy McLeod

Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Communication within and between groups; persuasion and social influence; information effects in group decision-making; influence of technology on group processes; influence of social identity and emotions in groups.
 

Jeff Niederdeppe

Associate Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Effects of mass media campaigns and news coverage on health behavior and social policy.
Academic and Research Interests
How people attend to, process, and are influenced by messaging with a focus on the interplay between motivation, attention, attitudes, and decision making across contexts (e.g., health, entertainment); outreach and evaluation in informal science education.
Teaching
Science Writing for Media; Communication, Environment, Science, and Health; Cases in Communication.
Dawn Schrader

Dawn Schrader

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

Jonathon Schuldt

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Environmental and health communication; everyday judgment and decision making; public opinion.
Academic and Research Interests
Media psychology; psychology of narrative; psychology of entertainment media; 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.

Andrea Stevenson Won

Assistant Professor
Academic and Research Interests
Virtual reality; immersive media; visual communication; avatars; nonverbal communication; synchrony.
Y. Connie Yuan

Y. Connie Yuan

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