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Graduate Faculty

Colin Agur, Assistant Professor
MA, international political economy, University of Warwick; MPhil and PhD, communications, Columbia University
Areas of research include mobile communication; telecommunications; social media; political ecnomy of media; political communication; and media studies.

Sid Bedingfield, Assistant Professor
Cowles Research Fellow
MA and PhD, mass communication, University of South Carolina
Research interests include political communication; history of journalism; role of mediated communication in poltical and cultural change.

Valerie Belair-Gagnon, Assistant Professor
MSc, sociology, Université​ De Montréal;  PhD, sociology, City University of London
Areas of research include journalism studies; news production; social media; media sociology; and digital culture.

Elisia Cohen, Professor and Director
MA, Communication, Wake Forest University, and PhD, Communication, University of Southern California 
Areas of research include health and political communication with specific depth of expertise in developing and evaluating multilevel interventions to improve cancer and vaccination communication, community-based participatory research strategies and community-engaged intervention trial research designs, and media content analysis.

Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associate Professor
MA and PhD, mass communication, University of Minnesota
Scholar of international mass communication history, particularly the role of journalism and mediated discourses in international affairs; a former reporter and editor for the Associated Press in three US states and Italy.

Kenneth O. Doyle, Associate Professor
PhD, psychology, University of Minnesota 
Areas of research include money and property in social communication; biopsychosocial foundations of attitude and motivation, measurement theory, financial planning across the life span.

Kathleen A. Hansen, Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
MA, English, and MA, library science, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Areas of research include information access and communication; sociology of news; and new media technologies effects; and computer gaming and pedagogy.

Jisu Huh, Professor, Raymond O. Mithun Chair in Advertising
Director of Graduate Studies
MA and PhD, advertising, University of Georgia

Areas of research include advertising effects with an emphasis on third-person effect and indirect effects, health communication (direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising), and interactive advertising.

Sherri Jean Katz, Assistant Professor
MA, culture and communications, New York University; MS and PhD, communication, Cornell University
Research interests include health communication, technology, youth, media psychology, construal level theory, and psychological reactance.

Jane Kirtley, Professor, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law 
Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law
MS, journalism, Northwestern University and J.D., law, Vanderbilt University

Areas of research include media law; First Amendment issues; and freedom of information. Kirtley is an affiliated faculty member of the University of Minnesota Law School.

Rebekah Nagler, Assistant Professor
PhD, health communication, University of Pennsylvania 
Research areas include media effects on health behavior, cancer communication, tobacco control, communication inequalities and health disparities and health communication campaigns and interventions. Previously employed by the Advisory Board Company in Washington D.C. as an analyst and research associate where she composed strategic briefs for hospital clients. 

Amy O'Connor, Assistant Professor
MA, communication, Western Michigan University and PhD, communication, Purdue University
Area of research is corporate communication with a focus on corporate social responsibility messaging and its effects on reputation, branding, legitimacy, and employee recruitment/retention.

Hyejoon Rim, Assistant Professor
MS, public relations, Syracuse University; PhD, public relations, University of Florida
Former account executive at advertising and public relations firms, including McCann-Erickson Worldwide and InComm Brodeur in Seoul, Korea. Teaching interests include public relations campaigns, strategy and case studies, as well as corporate communications and research methods. Areas of research focus on corporate communications, social media and health communication. 

Christopher Terry, Assistant Professor
MA, mass communication, UW-Milwaukee; PhD, mass communication/law, University of Wisconsin
Researches policy implementation and enforcement by the FCC, FTC, and FEC.  Focus on structural issues related to media ownership, new media, and the regulation of both commercial speech and political advertising.

Albert R. Tims, Associate Professor
MA, journalism, and PhD, mass communication,University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of research include theory and methodology; public opinion and political communication; and media socialization.

Benjamin Toff, Assistant Professor
MA and PhD, political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research interests include news audiences and political engagement, public opinion and mass media, changing norms and practices of political journalism, and political communication.

Marco Yzer, Professor
MA and PhD, social & organizational psychology, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
Areas of research include the evaluation of mass media campaigns, experimental tests of message effectiveness, tests of the validity of theories of behavioral change and the applicability of such theories to health communication.