Assistant Professor Michael Lechuga’s research focuses on the role that technology plays in border security mechanisms and the ways migrants are depicted as “alien” in popular culture. He just recently joined the department.
Recent graduate Gemma Kumaraea (BA ‘17) appreciates the versatility of her degree. From her coursework and internships, she built a path to her current position in fundraising and membership for a Twin Cities nonprofit.
According to Dr. David Cram Helwich, director of The Minnesota Debate Team (MDT), collaboration is key. There’s no arguing that through outreach and competition MDT is striving to help solve current issues in today’s world.
Senior Tigana Văn Lê, is shattering expectations in his campus and real-life experiences. Through a 10-week internship in Washington DC, Lê worked on education policy and discovered the importance of using policy to help demographic specific communities. Through his involvement in the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC), he has found his passion and how he wants to inspire others.
Music can heal, tell stories, make us dance, laugh, and cry. Can it also make Minnesotans adjust the way they salt their sidewalks during the winter months? Professor Mark Pedelty is using music to connect communities--local and, in the near future, international--to environmental issues.
Oil is an everyday reality for our society. It is not only used in our cars, but in plastic, synthetic, and chemical products, from everyday household items to the roads we drive on. Another reality is that oil causes violence. PhD candidate Christian D. Angelich uses his commercial airline pilot experience to fuel his research about the environmental and social violence caused by oil consumption.
Soon-to-be graduate Abby Koshollek knows no bounds when it comes to utilizing her time and resources to continually define and redefine her career goals. Koshollek delves into her archive of study abroad, internship, and leadership experiences within her two majors and minor and reflects on how they have collectively served as a mechanism for inevitable success.
Students in COMM 3411: Small Group Communication get the chance to learn beyond the classroom, enabling them to explore challenging issues and generate innovative ideas and solutions outside of the academic setting.
The skills senior Laura Cantor has developed through her time in the communication studies department have prepared to assist in faculty research, as well as work in Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies.
New assistant professor Kate Lockwood Harris’ research looks at the complex relationship between violence and communication. One of the central questions Harris is dissecting is how colleges respond to sexual violence in the context of Title IX.
Professor Mark Pedelty’s Environmental Communication course provides students a unique learning opportunity to explore environmental issues and learn how best to communicate about them. “I want students to engage beyond the confines of the classroom and take a more hands-on approach to learning. It’s a different narrative when you get out there,” Pedelty says.
The department was awarded an engagement grant to implement a program that connects undergraduate students with middle school debate teams across the Twin Cities. This spring, a pilot program was introduced to roughly forty students from two COMM 1313W: Analysis of Argument sections.
Professor Susanne Jones is an associate professor of communication studies who takes an in-depth look into the messages and behaviors people use to comfort one another. Social support is considered one of the most important resources people rely on when they deal will difficult life events. Her research focuses on the effects of verbal and nonverbal messages people use to support one another.
Communication studies honors student Sam Petrov used knowledge from his environmental communication course to write his honors thesis. Examining the communication strategies of contemporary electric car companies, he takes a deeper look into the advertising techniques used by Nissan and Tesla in the context of their respective target markets.