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Graduate Faculty

Graduate Faculty

The faculty who teach within our graduate program span a variety of research interests and professional and academic backgrounds. Learn more about our faculty here.

BallJennifer Gerard Ball, Assistant Professor
M.A. and Ph.D., advertising, University of Texas at Austin
Specializes in direct-to-consumer advertising, consumer decision-making, health communication, consumer psychology, cognition and principles of advertising.

Sid BedingfieldSid Bedingfield, Assistant Professor
M.A. and Ph.D., mass communication, University of South Carolina
Areas of research include mediated communication affects on public discourse and political decision-making. A journalism historian with interests in current political communication and political journalism.

Giovanna Dell'Orto
, Associate Professor
M.A. and Ph.D., 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.


DoyleKenneth O. Doyle, Associate Professor
Ph.D., 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.


EighmeyJohn Eighmey, Professor
Raymond O. Mithun Land Grant Chair in Advertising
Director of the Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication
M.A. and Ph.D., marketing, University of Iowa
Professional experience includes senior positions at Young & Rubicam in New York and the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Eighmey has held faculty positions at Iowa State University, the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University and the University of Alabama.

HansenKathleen A. Hansen, Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
M.A., English, and M.A., 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, Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
M.A. and Ph.D., 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.


KirtleyJane Kirtley, Professor, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law
Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law
M.S., 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.



LewisSeth Lewis, Assistant Professor
M.B.A., Barry University and Ph.D., journalism, University of Texas at Austin
Former editor at The Miami Herald and Fulbright Scholar. Areas of research interest include journalism studies; the sociology of news and technology; emerging forms of user participation via digital media; and mixed methods research.


NaglerRebekah Nagler, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 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.


RimHyejoon Rim, Assistant Professor
M.S., public relations, Syracuse University; Ph.D., 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.

SullivanDaniel Sullivan, Professor
Cowles Chair of Media Management and Economics
Ph.D., economics, Yale University
Area of research is the identification of economic/business models and measurement systems that support the proposition that “good journalism” can be good business.



ThielSternShayla Thiel-Stern, Associate Professor
M.A., communication, Georgetown University; Ph.D., mass communication, University of Iowa
Areas of research include integrating new media with cultural studies, specifically gender and social identity through the use of instant messaging.


TimsAlbert R. Tims, Associate Professor
Director of the SJMC
M.A., journalism, and Ph.D., mass communication,University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of research include theory and methodology; public opinion and political communication; and media socialization.



WackmanDaniel B. Wackman, Professor
M.S., political science, M.S., journalism, and Ph.D., mass communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of research include political communication (including political advertising) and information processing of media messages. Areas of teaching include advertising and research methods.



WatsonBrendan Watson, Assistant Professor
M.A., journalism, University of Missouri; Ph.D., mass communication, University of North Carolina
Areas of research include community structure and communication about local public affairs issues; community information needs; coverage of public affairs by traditional and emerging media; quantitative research methods, including examining ways to leverage emerging technologies to gather and analyze communication data.


WilliamsJennifer Williams, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., mass communication, University of Minnesota
General area of research is political communication with an emphasis on the use and social psychological effect of political message frames.



Yzer Marco Yzer, Associate Professor
M.A. and Ph.D., 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.