Texas Tech University

HIHIC Affiliated Faculty


Todd Chambers

Todd Chambers, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic & Career Advising
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.

Associate 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. 

Assistant Professor of Practice – Hispanic Media, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Assistant Director for External Engagement,
Harris Institute
Research Interests: Journalism in Mexico, press freedom, narcoculture, crime and cartel coverage, and print journalism.

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Kerk Kee

Kerk F. Kee, Ph.D. 

Professor, Professional Communication
Research Interests: Corporate & organizational, health, science, social media.

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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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TJ Martinez

T.J. Martinez, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests: Documentary and Film Production.
Email: tj.martinez@ttu.edu 

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Bryan Mclaughlin, Ph.D.

Bryan McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Associate 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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Robert Moses Peaslee

Robert Moses Peaslee, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Honors College
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.

Professor, Communication Studies
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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Melissa Santillana, Ph.D.

Melissa Santillana, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Journalism & Creative Media Industries
Research Interests: international media flows, activist movements and protest, feminist activism, digital media, and digital inequality.

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Sarah Schiffecker, Ed.D.

Sarah Schiffecker, Ed.D.

Lecturer & Assistant Director of International Graduate Affairs, Media & Communication
Research Interests: intercultural communication and competence, experiences of transitionality, institutional communication in a higher education context, comparative and international communication

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Don Shin

Don H. Shin, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Professional Communication
Research Interests: AI and media, misinformation, digital media, human-media interaction, algorithmic journalism
Email: don.h.shin@ttu.edu

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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.

Associate 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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