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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

JMC Graduate Faculty

Graduate faculty members are professors who have been approved by the Graduate School to chair and serve on theses and dissertation committees. To form your committee, you should work with your faculty adviser to help determine which faculty are a "good fit" with the subject, the theory and the methodology, based on their research interest and publications. Below is a list of JMC graduate faculty.


Louise BenjaminLouise Benjamin
Professor and Associate Dean
Office: Calvin 110

Research interests: media law and history, with an emphasis on broadcast history and regulation, especially early radio from 1900 to 1940

Research methods: historical methods, qualitative methods, legal research methods

Bonnie BressersBonnie Bressers
Associate Professor
Office: Kedzie 206A

Research interests: journalism's responses to the changing news industry and audience behaviors, community journalism and community engagement, the intersection of journalism and public relations, health communication

Research methods: survey research, in-depth interviews, focus groups, case studies

Barb DesantoRaluca Cozma
Associate Professor and Associate Director for Graduate Studies & Research 
Office: Kedzie 112

Research interests: international communication, political communication, social media, science communication, media framing, media uses and gratifications, journalism excellence and credibility

Research methods: content analysis, surveys, experiments, historical research, interviews

Barb DeSantoBarb DeSanto
Adjunct Associate Professor
Office: Kedzie 207

Research interests: public relations management, tourism issues, women's rights

Research methods: qualitative methods

 Tom HallaqTom Hallaq
Assistant Professor
Office: Dole 158

Research interests: media literacy, religion and journalism, educational technology and curriculum, digital creative works - especially video

Research methods: mixed-methods, survey development

 Nikhil MoroNikhil Moro
Office: Kedzie 105

Research interests: Digital media law and policy

Research methods: legal and historical

Dani LaGreeDanielle Myers LaGree
Assistant Professor
Office: Kedzie 217

Research interests: public relations, strategic planning and messaging, health communication - specifically, how perceptions of trust influence attitudes, behaviors, and involvement (among other variables) within the context of agricultural and health communication; career aspirations and socialization of women and students in PR

Research methods: experiments, surveys, in-depth interviews

Nancy MuturiNancy Muturi
Office: Kedzie 217A

Research interests: health communication, risk communication, health education and promotion, social change, women and communication, ICTs

Research methods: focus groups, surveys, participant observation, cultural studies, in-depth interviews 

Sam MwangiSam Mwangi
Associate Professor and Journalism Sequence Head
Office: Kedzie 206

Research interests: international communication, media and democracy, development communication, community media, political communication, media and civic engagement, media technology 

Research methods: content analysis, surveys, field observations, focus groups, case studies, interviews

Steve SmethersSteve Smethers
Associate Professor and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Office: Kedzie 104B

Research interests: media and community engagement, alternative news distribution platforms, news deserts, media history

Research methods: in-depth interviews, focus groups, historical research 

tefertiller portraitAlec Tefertiller
Assistant Professor
Office: Kedzie 203

Research interests: new media technology, social media and social advertising, streaming television, uses and gratifications, social capital, social influence, entertainment studies

Research methods: online surveys, experiments, data mining and content analysis, online interviews 

Angela ZhangXiaochen "Angela" Zhang
Assistant Professor
Office: Kedzie 207

Research interests: crisis and risk communication, focusing on understanding stakeholder/public psychology and emotions during crisis as well as developing responsive crisis communication strategies; social media (crisis) communication strategies; disaster and organizational crisis communication

Research methods: quantitative experiment, survey, content analysis, case studies