• Lily Luo, Ph.D. had her article, "The Internet and Agenda Setting in China: The Influence of Online Public Opinion on Media Coverage and Government Policy," accepted for publication in the International Journal of Communication.


  • The World Media Economics and Management Conference in May has accepted papers for honors student Katie Penkert and Geoffrey Graybeal's "Getting a Foot in New Markets: A Case Study of Television Management and Programming Strategies for Soccer in the United States."
    Ph.D. student Mehrnaz Rahimi and Kent Wilkinson's paper "Sanctions and Crisis: A Study of the Translation Industry in Contemporary Iran" was also accepted. Congratulations!


  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2nd Annual Hispanic Communication Conference at Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, November 7-8, 2013. Dr. Kent Wilkinson moderated a panel regarding "Hispanics and Media Ownership: Politics, Economics, and Representation" and participated on a roundtable of industry professionals and academic researchers who discussed "Legacy and Prospects of Latin American Communication Research: Hispanic Media Markets Here and There." Dean David Perlmutter delivered the conference's closing keynote address. We look forward to further collaborations with our friends and colleagues at FIU.


  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student Arijit Basu. His presentation, "Mash-up Advertising: A viable advertising tool for Integrated Marketing Communication Campaigns," was awarded second place in the Texas Tech Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Conference last week. A $100 scholarship accompanied the award.


  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication is pleased to announce two open positions in Hispanic Media for a tenure-track assistant professor and a two-year post-doc. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.



  • Senior Public Relations major Angela Barrera is representing Texas Tech in the 2013 Hispanic College Quiz Bowl, which is being aired nationwide as part of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15).


  • KTXT-FM Radio Program About "El Grito," Mexico's Independence Celebration on September 16
    This 30-minute program includes interviews of Texas Tech faculty and students that were conducted by students enrolled Prof. Kent Wilkinson's International Electronic Media class in Fall 2012. The show was produced by College of Media & Communication graduate students Daniela Contreras-Diaz and Nate Rodriguez.
    listen to the program here



  • Dr. Dane Kiambi successfully defended his dissertation "Country Reputation: Measurement and Audience Effects." His research interests include reputation management, organization-public relationships, crisis communication, and health communication. Dane is now an Assistant Professor of Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


  • Merle, P., El-Khoury, J., & Rahimi, M. (2013). Revolution 2.0: Deciphering a cross-national newspaper discourse. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.


  • Wilkinson, K. T. & Saragoza, A. M. (Univ. of California at Berkeley). Cuando potencias hegemónicas riñen: "Televisa vs. Univision" Communications vista a través de una lente de gestión de medios. ("When hegemons quarrel: Televisa vs. Univision Communications viewed through a media management lens.") Global Media Journal Mexico 9, no. 18 (Fall 2012) pp. 16-34.


  • Congratulations to doctoral students Mehrnaz Rahimi, Niyi Bello and Boni Cui! They presented to the 2013 Cultural Awareness Seminar about cultural success in their home countries of Iran, Nigeria and China, respectively. The Seminar, focused on "Worldwide Perspectives of Cultural Success," is an annual event organized by Tech Tech's Latino/Hispanic Faculty & Staff Association.


  • Dr. Patrick Merle successfully defended his dissertation "Political Aptitude: A pas de deux with Agenda-Setting?" and is now Assistant Professor of Public Relations at Florida State University teaching a graduate seminar in International Public Relations, and Political Communication at the undergraduate level. He will continue his research on political communication in a cross- national context, political aptitude and agenda-setting, and further investigate the academic-practitioner gap in public relations.


  • Congratulations to IHIC-affiliated faculty and staff who recently had papers accepted to the International Communication Association conference in London in May.


  • Congratulations to graduate students Clay Craig, Mary Brooks, Sherice Gearhart, Patrick Merle, Mehrnaz Rahimi and Matt Vandyke! They recently found out their papers were accepted to the World Association for Public Opinion Research. The papers are:

    Gearhart, S., Merle, P., Craig, C., Vandyke, M., Rahimi, M., & Brooks, M. E. (2013, May). A revolution in survey research?: A bibliometric review of public opinion studies between 2000 and 2012. Paper to be presented at the 66th annual conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, Boston, MA.

    Merle, P., Gearhart, S., Craig, C., Rahimi, M, Brooks, M. E., & Vandyke, M. (2013, May). Computers, tablets, & smart phones: The truth about web-based surveys. Paper to be presented at the 66th annual conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, Boston, MA.


  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication is pleased to be co-sponsoring the Global Lens Film Series for the fifth consecutive year. The screenings take place on Thursday evenings at 6:00 in CoMC 083 February 21 through May 2 (except March 14). The series schedule is available at www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/programs/globallens/index.php


  • The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication is pleased to be assuming the editorship of the Journal for Spanish Language Media. Launched at the University of North Texas by Dr. Alan Albarran in 2008, the Journal has published six issues and served as an important source of information on this fast-developing industry segment. Dr. Kent Wilkinson will serve as editor for the Journal.


  • Congratulations to faculty and graduate students for having papers accepted for presentations at the ICA conference in London, June 17-21, 2013. See the list of acceptances here.


  • Franklin, M.I. & Wilkinson, K. T. (2011). Transnational communications in action: A critical praxis. Communication, Culture & Critique, 4, 361‐381.