Texas Tech University

HIHIC Affiliated Faculty

Rauf Arif

Rauf Arif, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests: Social media and social movements, role of cross-cultural communication in healthcare, social media and relationship development, public diplomacy in the Digital Age, international journalism.

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Todd Chambers

Todd Chambers, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Associate Professor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests: Media management and economics, the use of Spanish-language media, adoption of communication technology and health communication.
Email: todd.chambers@ttu.edu

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Ioana Coman

Ioana Coman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Research Interests: International communication, crisis and risk communication and media, with an emphasis on new media and social media
Email: ioana.coman@ttu.edu

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Lyombe Eko

Lyombe Eko, Ph.D.

Professor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests: Comparative Internet law and policy, comparative and international communication, and visual communication studies with a focus on political cartoons.

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Sherice Gearhart, Ph.D.

Sherice Gearhart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Research Interests:
Political communication (especially in new media contexts), public opinion formation and expression, intercultural and international communication, media coverage of disparities, polarizing media, spiral of silence theory, framing, and agenda-setting.

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Zijian Harrison Gong, Ph.D.

Zijian Harrison Gong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Advertising
Research Interests:
Investigating motivated processing to understand how message design and layout impact selective attention, recall, and attitude formation; examining source and message factors that impact the persuasive ability of mass media content.

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Mark Gring

Mark Gring, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Research Interests: Examination of epistemic commitments on sociopolitical engagements. I am particularly interested in why and how religious commitment affects people engaging each other culturally and politically. I desire to go beyond the usual church and state political interactions and also examine education, technology, and popular culture.

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Amy Heuman, Ph.D.

Amy Heuman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Research Interests: Identity and culture; intersectional negotiations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status within/among U.S. co-cultures as they navigate mainstream structures; ethnographic and community engagement based research.

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Lucinda Holt

Lucinda Holt, M.A. 

Instructor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests: Journalism in Mexico, press freedom, narcoculture, crime and cartel coverage, and print journalism.

Lisa Low, M.B.A.

Lisa Low, M.B.A.

Professor of Practice, Public Relations
Research Interests: social media, online reputation management, inclusive teaching and learning practices, cross-cultural communications and storytelling in public relations and strategic communications.
Email: lisa.low@ttu.edu

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Bryan Mclaughlin, Ph.D.

Bryan McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Advertising
Research Interests: social identity, political polarization, political narratives, narrative transportation and identification, media representations of minorities.
Email: bryan.mclaughlin@ttu.edu 

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Samer Melhem

Samer Melhem, Ph.D.

Instructor Communication Studies
Research Interests: cultural influence on organizational communication, minority groups representation in media, millennials, cross-cultural couples, online teaching and mindfulness, and communication apprehension.

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Jeanette Moya

Jeanette Moya, M.A.

Research Interests: Social media, Hispanic media (specifically television and film), narrative entertainment and communication, music and social media.

Bolanle A. Olaniran

Bolanle A. Olaniran, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication Studies
Interim Chair, Communication Studies
Research Interests: Organizational communication, Group decision making, Crisis communication, Conflict Management, International communication. Specifically, I am looking at Organizational use of communication technologies, in particular, Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and the impacts on different cultures, digital divide, and e-learning.
Email: b.olaniran@ttu.edu

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Robert Moses Peaslee

Robert Moses Peaslee, Ph.D.

Chair, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Associate Professor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Campus Coordinator, International Film Series
Research Interests: Fandom and identity, international mass communication, critical approaches to media culture, film production and criticism.
Email: robert.peaslee@ttu.edu

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Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter

Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Assistant Dean of International Affairs
Research Interests: Romantic Relationships, Humor, Mediated Communication, Parasocial Interactions, Instructional Communication, Religious Communication, Advisor-Advisee Relationships, Father-Daughter Relationships, and Racial Stereotypes in the Media
Email: n.punyanunt@ttu.edu

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Eric Rasmussen

Eric Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Relations
Research Interests: Children and media, parental mediation, media effects, persuasion, media literacy

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Miglena Sternadori

Miglena Sternadori, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests: Gender stereotypes and sexual scripts in media content, marketing appropriations of feminist agendas, implicit bias and attitudes, international cultural diffusions, the role of media in identity construction and social role performativity, framing, news routines, cognitive and affective processing of media messages.

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Cam Stone

Cam Stone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests:History and production of Hispanic media, history of radio, television and film, audio production, use of Spanish-language media, technology adoption, international mass communication, and media effects.

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Kent Wilkinson

Kenton T. Wilkinson, Ph.D.

Professor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Institute Director, Thomas Jay Harris Regents Professor in Hispanic and International Communication
Research Interests: Hispanic-oriented media in the U.S., international communication, influences of culture and language in cross-cultural and health communication.

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Weiwu Zhang

Weiwu Zhang, Ph.D.

Chair, Public Relations
Associate Professor, Public Relations
Research Interests: Role of media use, strategic communication, and interpersonal communication in social capital and civic engagement in Europe and the United States; social media in public relations and politics; political public relations.

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Lamia Zania

Lamia Zia, M.A.

Adjunct Instructor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests:
Role of visual storytelling in society, political campaigns in the Digital Age, digital diplomacy, South Asian documentary film, human rights, globalization.

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