Author Profiles

Yuanyuan Zhang ( University of Illinois)

Yuanyuan Zhang is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to the Department of Communication, she received her M.A. in communication from the University of Connecticut, and her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Sichuan University in China.

Travis L. Dixon (University of Illinois)

Professor Dixon is a media effects scholar dedicated to investigating the prevalence of stereotypes in the mass media and the impact of stereotypical imagery on audience members.  He has been honored as a faculty fellow with the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society and as an invited fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  Much of Dr. Dixon’s work has been focused on racial stereotyping in television news.  His new investigations examine the content and effects of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in major news events, online news, and musical contexts.

Kate Conrad (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster, and is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor. He read English at University College London, specialised in English language studies, did some research there at the Survey of English Usage under Randolph Quirk, then joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading, where he was professor linguistics from 1975 to 1984. His research has been mainly in English language studies, in such fields as intonation and stylistics, and in the application of linguistics to religious, educational, clinical, and electronic contexts. His authored works include the subject of his keynote talk, Language Death, as well as several introductory texts, notably his two encyclopedias for Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. An autobiography, Just a Phrase I’m Going Through: My Life in Language, appeared in 2009.

Maurice Vergeer ( Radboud University Nijmegen)

Maurice Vergeer’s research interests are the Internet and social capital, political communication on the web, television programming strategies, and survey research.

Ben Pelzer (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Ben Pelzer is assistant professor of quantitative research at the Department of Social Science Research Methods of the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Joshua Atkinson (Bowling Green State University)

Research interests: New social movement networks; alternative media; social movements; power; political campaigns.

Bernadette Calafell (University of Denver)

Prof. Calafell joined the faculty in Culture and Communication in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver. Prior to that, she was a faculty member for three years in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University

Jürgen Habermas (Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt) is a philosopher and author of The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, The Theory of Communicative Action, Volumes 1 and 2, and Knowledge and Human Interests, among other works.

Joseph B. Walther (Michigan State University)

Joe Walther is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media. His teaching and research focus on the dynamics of computer-mediated communication and the Internet in interpersonal relationships, work groups, social support, and educational systems. He has previously held appointments in Information Technology, Psychology, and Education and Social Policy at universities in the US and England. He was chair of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems division of the Academy of Management, and the Communication and Technology division of the International Communication Association.

Brandon Van Der Heide (Ohio State University)

Brandon Van Der Heide’s interests primarily concern the social processes at play when people interact with one another using communication technologies. Specifically, he is interested in how people form and manage impressions of themselves and others when they use communication technologies and in how specific types of impressions (e. g. ,credibility impressions) may impact social influence processes in a variety of online contexts.

Sang-Yeon Kim (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Research interests: The major research interest is focused on social influence and cross-cultural communication. In particular, a program of research is in progress investigating the persuasive impact of communication messages and its potential cultural variations. Recent studies have explored cultural differences in perception of persuasion messages using social norm appeals, in perception of speakers using humility cues, and in perception self. Current research purport to examine cultural differences in health attitudes.

David Westerman (West Virginia University)

Prof. Westerman’s research specializations include mass communication and computer-mediated communication.

Stephanie Tom Tong (Michigan Statue University)

Stephanie Tom Tong is a doctoral candidate in communication at Michigan State University.


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