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  School of Communication and Information 2021-2023 Faculty and Administration Department of Communication  

Department of Communication

Chair: Lea Stewart

Mark Aakhus, Professor; B.A., North Dakota; M.A., Washington State; Ph.D., Arizona
-Collaboration and conflict processes; communication-information technology; discourse and organizations; corporate social responsibility; sustainability

Mark Beal, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Public Relations; B.A., Rutgers; M.A., Kent State
-Public relations and communications

Galina Bolden, Professor; B.A., Minnesota; M.A., Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)
-Conversation analysis in English and Russian; communication across linguistic and cultural barriers; nonverbal communication

Erin Christie, Teaching Instructor; B.A., Rowan; M.A., Montclair; Ph.D., Rutgers
-Social interaction; identity and interaction; interpretive microanalysis

Marya Doerfel,Professor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., SUNY (Buffalo)
-Interorganizational communication; organizational communication; social networks; networked forms of organizing; collaboration; semantic networks

Richard Dool, Teaching Professor; B.A., Fordham; M.S., Thomas Edison State; M.A., Seton Hall; D.Mgmt., Maryland
-Organizational renewal; leadership communication

J. Sophia Fu, Assistant Professor; B.A., Hong Kong Baptist; M.A., M.S., and Ph.D., Northwestern
-Organizational communication; social networks; technology; innovation; entrepreneurship; computational social science; collaboration; nonprofit organizations

Kathryn Greene, Professor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Georgia
-Health message design targeting adolescent risk-taking; disclosure of health issues

Alexa Hepburn, Research Professor; M.A., Dundee (U.K.); Ph.D., Glasgow Caledonian (U.K.)
-Role of emotion in communication; role of transcription in the analysis of communication; interactional study of helplines and the application of findings to helpline practitioners

Brian Householder, Associate Teaching Professor; B.A., Humboldt State; M.A., Wake Forest; Ph.D., Georgia
-Interpersonal communication; social influence

Shawnika Hull, Assistant Professor; B.A., Arizona; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania
-Applied research; community-based research; behavior change; health communication; marginalized and under-represented populations; community engagement; inequality; race and ethnicity

Vikki Katz, Associate Professor; B.A., California (Los Angeles); M.A., Ph.D., Southern California
-Community-based health interventions; immigrant family dynamics; children's information seeking/translating; ethnic media; communication ecologies

Jeffrey Lane, Associate Professor; B.A., Wesleyan; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton
-Urban ethnography, urban sociology; social affordances of internet technologies

Nikolaos Linardopoulos, Associate Teaching Professor; B.A., McGill (Canada); M.S., Ph.D., Drexel
-Mediated communication; pedagogy

Jenny Mandelbaum, Professor; B.A., Oxford; M.A., Ph.D., Texas (Austin)
-Interpersonal communication; conversational analysis

Matthew Matsaganis, Associate Professor; B.A., National and Kapodistrian (Greece); M.A., Emerson; M.A., Ph.D., Southern California
-Organizational communication; health communication; communication and technology; political communication

Lisa Mikesell, Associate Professor; B.A., Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)
-Language and social interaction; health communication and health services

Katherine Ognyanova, Associate Professor; B.Sc., M.A., Technical University Sofia (Bulgaria); Ph.D., Southern California
-Computational social science and network analysis; impact of technology on social structures; political and civic engagement; the media

Jonathan Potter, Dean and Distinguished Professor; B.A., Liverpool (U.K.); M.A., Surrey (U.K.); Ph.D., York (U.K.)
-Discourse analysis; discursive psychology

Yonaira Rivera, Assistant Professor; B.S., Rutgers; M.P.H., Emory; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins
-Health inequities; improving health of underserved populations; health communication; social media health misinformation; cancer control and prevention; disaster relief

Brent Ruben, Distinguished Professor, Advisor for Strategy and Planning, Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Senior University Fellow,  Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership; Distinguished Professor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Iowa
-Communication theory; organizational quality; health and medical communication; communication and information systems; communication education

Lea Stewart, Director, Center for Communication and Health Issues; Professor; B.A., Allegheny; M.A., Ph.D., Purdue
-Health communication campaigns; gender; communication ethics

Jennifer Theiss, Professor; B.A., St. Norbert; M.A., Ph.D., Wisconsin (Madison)
-Interpersonal communication and romantic relationship development

Maria Venetis, Associate Professor; B.A., M.A., Southern Mississippi; Ph.D., Rutgers
-Interpersonal and health communication, patient-provider interactions, disclosure, resilience, social support

Matthew Weber, Associate Professor; B.S., M.S., Northwestern; M.A., Ph.D., Southern California
-Organizational change; communication; communication technology; computational social science; networks; global journalism trends; social media and society

Dajung (DJ) Woo, Assistant Professor;  B.A., Ewha Womans (South Korea); M.A., Kansas State; Ph.D., California (Santa Barbara)
-Organizational Communication: collaborative design and society; community engagement; organizational socialization/assimilation; identity; knowledge sharing

Itzhak Yanovitzky, Professor; B.A., M.A., Haifa (Israel); Ph.D., Pennsylvania
-Health communication; persuasion; communication and social changes; research methodology
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