- Ph.D. - Texas Tech University, 2013
- M.A. - French Institute of Press, 1998
- PR3310: Principles of Public Relations
- PR4301: International and Multicultural Public Relations
- JOUR3312: Reporting
- EMC3308 Visual Communication
- Political communication
- Agenda setting and intermedia agenda setting
- Cross-national perspectives
- International reporter/editor for Eurosport/TF1 (France's national television-web and television)
- Coverage of special events (2005 London terrorist attacks, 2004 Summer Olympics preparations from Athens, 2001 Sept 11 documentary in NY)
- Editorial assistant to Paris bureau chiefs of The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times
- Translator French/English: French documentaries, Television scripts, manuscripts
Leadership / Awards
- 2012 - AEJMC annual convention graduate travel fund recipient
- 2012 - Nominee for Mentor of the Year Award, Texas Tech University
- 2012 - AEJMC MidWinter Top Paper Award Mass Communication & Society Division
- 2011 - Ph.D. scholarship recipient, World Association for Public Opinion Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 2011 - Media Agenda Project scholarship recipient, Paris, France
- 2011 - President's Diversity and Equity Award, Texas Tech University
- Merle, P., & Craig, C. (2012). Experiment shows higher information recall for soft rather than hard business news. Newspaper Research Journal, 33(3), 101-109.
- Merle, P., & Zhang, W. (2012). France and the USA: A comparative analysis of social capital on both sides of the pond. French Politics, 10(3).
- Merle, P., & Callison, C. (2012). Absence of trade press coverage of mass communication academic research: A bittersweet victory for Public Relations. Public Relations Journal, 6(4).
- Merle, P. (in press). City of Lights? The waning elitism of U.S. correspondents in Paris between 1998 and 2010. International Communication Gazette.
2012 Conference Papers
- Merle P., Callison, C., & Cummins, G. (August, 2012). Dynamic v. Static Infographics in Online News: Impact of Format on Perceptions, Memory and Consumption. Paper presented to the Electronic News Division at the AEJMC annual conference, Chicago. IL.
- Greene, J., & Merle, P. (August, 2012). Terror management and civic engagement: An experimental investigation of mortality salience on civic engagement intentions. Paper presented to the Mass Communication & Society Division at the AEJMC annual conference, Chicago. IL.
- Craig, C., & Merle, P. (August, 2012). Understanding the technological advantages of web surveys: Can response formats impact data quality? Paper presented to the Communication Technology Division at the AEJMC annual conference, Chicago. IL.
- Merle, P., & Patterson, D. (June, 2012). Agendas and Public Policies: How Partisanship and Political Behavior Affect Attitudes Toward the Environment. Paper presented at the 5th annual conference of the Comparative Agendas Project, Reims, France.
- Hmielowski, J., Hutchens, M., & Merle, P. (May, 2012). Creating, Sustaining and Reducing Gaps in Trust and Participation: A Comparative Perspective. Paper presented to the Political Division at annual conference of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.
- Green, J., & Merle, P. (2012). If you scare them, they will join: Effects of mortality salience and self-construals on civic engagement. Paper presented to the Mass Communication & Society Division at the AEJMC Mid-Winter conference, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK. (Top Paper Award, Mass Communication & Society division).
- Merle, P., & Elkhoury, J. (2012). @Revolution 2.0: A cross-national analysis of social media’s salience during the Egypt unrests. Paper presented to the International Communication Division at the AEJMC Mid-Winter conference, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK.
- Craig, C., & Merle, P. (2012). The slider effect: An experimental look at differences between several modes of scale presentations in Internet surveys. Paper presented to the Communication Technology Division at the AEJMC Mid-Winter conference, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK.