PhD Alumni

The SJMC PhD program is designed to prepare independent scholars for academic careers in teaching and research in mass communication and related fields. The typical career path for the PhD students in our program is taking tenure-track academic positions at universities. Our PhD graduates have been placed at top-ranked universities in the US and other countries.

Below are a few of our PhD graduates and the positions they've attained:

2010–Present Grads

Xiaofei He
PhD '16
Research Associate
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth College

Heewon Im
PhD '15
Senior Researcher
Gfk Korea

Brett Johnson
PhD '15
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri

Soojung Kim
PhD '15
Assistant Professor
University of North Dakota

Anna Popkova
PhD '15
Assistant Professor
Western Michigan University

Rodrigo Zamith 
PhD '15
Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Sangruo Huang
PhD '14
Assistant Professor
Zhejiang University

Soyoon Kim
PhD '14
Assistant Professor
School of Communication, University of Miami

Natalie Olsen
PhD '14
Insights and Digital Analyst
Padilla CRT

Tanya Ryan
PhD '14
Associate Professor
Winona State University

Patrick File
PhD '13
Assistant Professor
University of Nevada, Reno

Nathan Gilkerson
PhD '12
Assistant Professor
Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University 

Peter Gloviczki
PhD '12
Assistant Professor
Coker College

Elaine Hargrove
PhD '12
Program Coordinator
Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota

Jennifer Moore
PhD '12
Assistant Professor
The University of Maine

Rebecca Swenson
PhD '12
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota

Dong Dong
PhD '11
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
David C. Lame Institute for East-West Studies

Katherine Edenborg 
PhD '11
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Maureen Schriner
PhD '11
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Kevin Wang
PhD '11
Assistant Professor
Butler University

Sarah Jackson
PhD '10
Assistant Professor
Northeastern University

Julie Jones
PhD '10
Assistant Professor
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Oklahoma

Yuliya Lutchyn
PhD '10
Consumer Behavior Researcher
Microsoft

Wonsun Shin
PhD '10
Assistant Professor
Nanyang Technological University

2000–2009 Grads

Brittany Duff
PhD '09
Assistant Professor
College of Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Wirtz 
PhD '09
Assistant Professor
College of Media, University of Illinois

Katie Foss
PhD '08
Associate Professor
Middle Tennessee State University

Itai Himelboim
PhD '08
Associate Professor 
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia 

Sela Sar
PhD ’06, MA '03
Associate Professor
College of Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bastiaan Vanacker
PhD '06
Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Center of Digital Ethics and Policy
School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

Yong Volz
PhD '06
Associate Professor
Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri

Xiaoli Nan
PhD '05
Associate Professor
University of Maryland

Giovanna Dell’Orto
PhD '04
Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota

Sanjay Asthana
PhD '03
Associate Professor
Middle Tennessee State University

Erik Ugland
PhD '02
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and Associate Professor
Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University

Mohan Dutta
PhD '01
Head of the Department of Communications and New Media
National University of Singapore

Qimei Chen 
PhD ’01, MA '99
Chair of Department of Marketing, Professor of Marketing, Shidler College Distinguished Professor 
Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa

1990–1999 Grads

Janet Cramer
PhD '99
Associate Provost for Assessment and Instruction
Florida Atlantic University

Catherine Luther 
PhD '99
Associate Dean and Professor
College of Communication & Information, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Ilia Rodriguez
PhD '99
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico

Dhavan Shah
PhD '99
Maier-Bascom Professor and Director of the Mass Communication Research Center
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Sujatha Sosale
PhD '98
Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Iowa

David Domke
PhD '96
Chair and Professor, Department of Communication
University of Washington

David Perlmutter 
PhD '96
Dean and Professor of the College of Media & Communication
Texas Tech University 

Ann Brill 
PhD '94
Dean
School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas

Elizabeth Blanks Hindman
PhD '94
Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University

Oddgier Tveiten
PhD '93
Professor
University of Agder in Norway and Founder and Project Leader at Future Learning Lab

1980–1989 Grads

Douglas McLeod
PhD '89
Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

John Finnegan Jr. 
PhD '85
Dean and Professor, School of Public Health; Assistant Vice President, Public Health
University of Minnesota 

Charles Salmon
PhD '85
Associate Chair and Professor
Nanyang Technological University 

Cathy Packer
PhD '83
W. Horace Carter Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

John Pavlik
PhD '83
Director, Journalism and Research Institute and Professor
Rutgers