Texas Tech University

Alex Olshansky

Doctoral Student
Graduate Program

Email: alex.olshansky@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.742.6500

Areas: Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, Fake science news

Hours: 705

M.A. Mass Communication, Texas Tech University
B.S. Finance, UTDallas

Alex Olshansky

Biography

Alex is pursuing his Ph.D. in Media & Communication. Before joining Texas Tech University's graduate program in 2017, he worked 14 years in the banking industry. Alex left his job as an assistant vice president of operations for a bank in Dallas to pursue his passion of science. He received his bachelor's degree in finance at the University of Texas at Dallas and his master's in mass communication from Texas Tech University. Alex has a love for science and investigates how cultural values and world-views influence people's perceptions of science.

Research

Research focuses on science communication and investigates how the transmission of misinformation, cultural values, and world-views influence people's perceptions of science. This work bridges theories from psychology, political science, communication, and public policy.

Methodologies

  • Experiment
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Content Analysis

Research Areas

  • Misinformation
  • Conspiracy Theories
  • Pseudoscience
  • Fake science news

Teaching Focus

In my view, education is not about learning facts, but learning how to work with facts and using information to navigate the unknown. In other words, a good education provides tools and insights into how to think critically and not simply how to memorize facts. Education is about helping individuals learn how to ask questions, solve problems, innovate, and persist. We do not learn how to do this by passively consuming lectures. I encourage dialogue, open expression of views, and most importantly asking questions. I see my role as that of a guide rather than a lecturer, showing students how to navigate the intellectual landscape that will better prepare them for their futures than telling them what to think or do. 

  • MCOM 2320 Media Writing
  • MCOM 3300 Theories of Media and Communication

Leadership & Awards

  • 2017 – 2018 J.T. and Margaret Talkington Graduate Fellowship, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University
  • 2018 - 2019 Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University