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Graduate Research

Graduate students at the Department of Communication are also graduate researchers. Our doctoral program is dedicated to providing students the training and opportunity to publish in the top-tier journals in their fields. Below is just a selection of some of the research published by our graduate students before earning their doctorate since 2009. (The student’s name will appear in bold). For more on graduate student research, check out our Spotlight on Research page that features works in progress by some of our talented students!


Altenhofen, B. (2010). Solace in symbols: discovering cultural meanings in symbolic propaganda.  ETC: A Review of General Semantics 67 (2),156-164.

Campbell, H.A. and Altenhofen, B. (forthcoming). ‘Methodological challenges, innovations and growing pains in digital religion research’ In S. Cheruvallil-Contractor & S. Shakkour (Eds.) Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion. London: Bloomsbury/Continuum Publishing.

Weimer, Katherine H., Miriam Olivares and Robin Bedenbaugh. GIS Day and Web Promotion: Retrospective Analysis of U.S. ARL Libraries Involvement. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries. 8(1) 2012.

Bedenbaugh, Robin A. and Holly Mercer. (in Press) The Embedded Repository: Introducing an Institutional Repository to a New Audience Via Location-Aware Social Networking. Journal of Practical Academic Librarianship. 2(1) 2012.

Campbell, H.A., Altenhofen, B., Bellar, W. & Cho, K.J. (forthcoming) There’s a Religious App for that!: A Framework for Studying Religious Mobile Applications, Mobile Media & Communication.

Campbell, H.A. & Bellar, W. (2015) Sanctifying the Internet:’s Use of the Internet for Digital Outreach. In H.A. Campbell’s Digital Judaism: Jewish Negotiations with Digital Media and Culture. Taylor & Francis.

Bellar, W., Campbell, H.A., Cho, K.J., Terry, A., Tsuria, R., Yadlin-Segal, A., Ziemer, J. (2013). Reading Religion in Internet Memes.Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, 2(2).

Brannon, G. E., & Shaw, C. M. (2015). Communicating familial support to people with diabetes. Southern Communication Journal80(5), 343-352.

Butcher, Joshua. “Rhetorical Training at Trinitas Classical School.” Classis 20:1 (Spring 2013), 10-12. (This is the journal for the Association of Classical Christian Schools)

Carter, M.H. (2013).  The U.S. Supreme Court’s justifications in The Chinese  Exclusion Case: An argumentation analysis.  Paper presented at the 2013 International Communication Association (ICA) annual meeting, London, UK.

Carter, M.H. & Barbour, J. (2012).  The legal organization: A research agenda for the study of the law and organizing.  Paper presented at the 2012 National Communication Association (NCA) annual meeting, Orlando, FL.

Carter, M.H. (2012). What Media Depictions Tell Jurors vs. Empirical Evidence.  Poster presented at the 2012 Annual American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Carter, M.H. (2010).   Grading a Writing Intensive Course – How to Create Feedback for Hundreds of Papers a Semester.  Presentation at the 2010 Annual Assessment Conference, College Station, TX.

Carter, M.H. (2005).   Playing Doctor – Not a Game Employers Want to Play.  Paper presented at the 2005 Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business (SALSB), San Antonio, TX.  Published in the Southern Law Journal, Vol. XV (Fall, 2005).

Chen, H., & Beaudoin, C. E. (2016). An empirical study of a social network site: Exploring the effects of social capital and information disclosure. Telematics and Informatics, 33(2), 432-435.

Chen, H., Beaudoin, C. E., & Hong, T. (in press, 2015). Teen online information disclosure: Empirical testing of a protection motivation and social capital model. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Chen, H., Wu, Y., & Atkin, D. (2015). Third person effect and Internet pornography in China. Telematics and Informatics, 32(4), 823-833.

Beaudoin, C. E. Chen, H., & Agha, S. (accepted, 2015). Estimating causal effects with propensity score models: An evaluation of the Touch condom media campaign in Pakistan. Journal of Health Communication.

Kluver, R. & Chinn, J.N. (2014). Foreign policy. In K. Harvey & J.G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics: SAGE Publications.

Campbell, H.A., Altenhofen, B., Bellar, W., and Cho, J. (forthcoming). There’s a religious app for that!: A framework for studying religious mobile applications. Mobile Media & Communication

Bellar, W., Campbell, H., Cho, K., Terry, A., Tsuria, R., Yadlin-Segal, A., & Ziemer, J. (2013). Reading Religion in Internet Memes. Journal of Religion, Media, & Digital Culture2(2).

Cruz, J. M. (2010). This ain’t Paris sweetie: Deconstructing West African and French identity in the South. Qualitative Inquiry 16 (10), 792-800.

Cruz, J.M. ( in Press). “We thank the American people and USAID for their help”: Framing illness and health on USAID website for Sénégal. In J. Servaes (Ed.), Communication, culture, and sustainability, Wilmington, NC: Intellect Books.

Cosgriff-Hernández, K.-K., Martinez, A.R., Sharf, B.F., and Sharkey, J.R. (2011). “We still had to have tortillas”: Negotiating health, culture and change in the Mexican American diet. In J.M. Cramer, C.P. Greene, and L.M. Walters (Eds.) Food as Communication/Communication as Food. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Cox, Travis (Forthcoming 2014). “Uncle Sam Wants You: A Pentadic Analysis of Uncle Sam Comic Books as World War II Propaganda.” The Ten Cent War. Ed. James Kimble & Trischa Goodnow. U Press of Mississippi.

Cui X. (2005), Two-sided Questions in Journalists’ Interviews. China Radio & TV Academic Journal, 2005(8).

Dean, M., Oetzel, J. G., & Sklar, D. P. (Accepted). Communication in acute ambulatory care. Academic Medicine.

Gill, R., Barbour, J., & Dean, M. ( 2014). Shadowing in/as Work: Ten Recommendations for Shadowing Fieldwork Practice.Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management.

Dean, M., & Street, R.L., Jr. (2014). A three-stage model of patient-centered communication for addressing cancer patients’ emotional distress. Patient Education & Counseling.

Doshi, M. (2013). Help(less): An auto ethnography about caring for my mother with terminal cancer. Health Communication. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.809502

Fogle, K. (2015). “It’s Bigger on the Inside: Fandom, Social Media, and Doctor Who.” In A. F. Slade, A. J. Narro, & D. Givens-Carroll (Eds.), Television, Social Media, and Fan Culture. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Gan, I. (2015). Bringing the magic of folk literature and nursery rhymes to communication classes. Communication Teacher, 29, 206-211.

Gan, I. (2014). Teaching Goals-Plans-Action Theory through a negotiation exercise. Communication Teacher, 28, 246-252.

Spence, P. R., & Gan, I. (2011). China flood (1931). In Encyclopedia of disaster relief. (pp. 68-69). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Gantt Shafer, J. (2015). Book Review of Camilla Fojas’s Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power. Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Gantt Shafer, J. (2015). Book Review of Kurt T. Lash’s The Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship. Rhetoric and Public Affairs.

Gesch-Karamanlidis, E. (2015). Reflecting on novice qualitative interviewer mistakes. The Qualitative Report, 20(5). Retrieved from

Hedman, E. & Gesch-Karamanlidis, E. (2015). Facilitating conversations that matter using coordinated management of meaning theory. OD Practitioner, 47(2), 41-46.

Hernandez, L. (2014). “I was born this way”: The performance and production of Southern masculinity in A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Chapter forthcoming (March 2014) in Reality Television: Oddities of Culture. Ed: Dr. Alison Slade, University of West Florida. Lexington Press.

Hernandez, L. (2014). The Lolita Spectacle & the Aberrant Mother: Exploring the Production and Performance of Manufactured Femininity inToddlers & Tiaras. Chapter forthcoming (March 2014) in Reality Television: Oddities of Culture. Ed: Dr. Alison Slade, University of West Florida. Lexington Press.

Cavataio, V. & Hinck, R. (2014). Organizational culture, knowledge structures, and relational messages in organizational negotiation: A systems approach. Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy.

Hinck, S. S., Dailey, W. O., Hinck, R. S., & Hinck, E. A. (2013). Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republicans? Politeness theory in the 2012 Republican primary debates. Argumentation and Advocacy.

Jacocks, C.W. (2011). The social construction of women’s organizational leadership and improvisation. In Labyrinth Paths: Women’s Leadership Development and Communicative Praxis in the Twenty-first Century by E.L. Ruminski and A.H. Plymouth (Eds.). Lexington Press: Lanham, MD.

Jiang, S., & Street, R. L., (in press, 2015). Factors influencing communication with doctors via the Internet: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2014 HINTS survey. Health Communication.

Jiang, S. (in press, 2015). “Microblog, a public sphere?”: An examination of opinion expression about “Snowden Affair” on Twitter and Sina Weibo. In: T.Deželan, & I, Vobič (Eds.), (R)evolutionizing political communication through social media. IGI Global.

Miles, C.M. (Forthcoming 2016) Moving beyond the public screen: Perspectives and debates on gendered media during the Gezi Park protests, In Michael Prosser and Ehsan Shahghasemi (Eds.), Social media in the Middle East, Dignity Press.

Riley, Catherine L. “When Prophets Become Preachers: Saint Basil and the Evolution of a Chrzstian Jeremiad.” Accepted: Journal of Communication and Religion 38.3.

Riley, Catherine L. “Rhetorical Leadership and the Black Church: Revisiting 1940s’ Durham.” Accepted: Howard Journal of Communications (May 2016).

Riley, Catherine L. “When Cows Talk: The Happy California Cow Campaign as Visual Apologia.” In Press: Argumentation & Advocacy 51.4.

Riley, Catherine L. and Patty Ann Bogue. “Commemorative Spaces as Means of Enhancing Campus Diversity.” Journal for Multicultural Education 8.3 (August 2014): 179-193.

Riley, Catherine L. “Obscene or Clean? A Semiotic Analysis of ‘Awful Billboard Blight.’” Communication Law Review 14.1 (March 2014): 22-47.

Riley, Catherine L. “The Faithful Citizen: Popular Christian Media and Gendered Civic Identities,” Book Review. Quarterly Journal of Speech (May 2013): 253-257.

Rigda, R. S. (In Press 2016). Creating Equality Through Quidditch: A Rhetorical Analysis of Quidditch Blogs. In C. E. Bell (Ed). Wizards vs. muggles: Essays on identity and the Harry Potter universe. McFarland

Sender, K. (2014). Review of Consuming Reality: The Commercialization of Factual Entertainment, by June Deery and The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences, by, Popular Communication.

Barbour, J. B., Sommer, P. A., Gill, R. (forthcoming). Technical, arcane, relational, and embodied expertise. In J. Treem, & P. Leonardi (Eds.). Where is expertise? Communication and organizing in the information age. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Waymer, D., & Street, J. (2015). HBCUs as relics or reminders race remains relevant in a ‘Post-Racial’society? Exploring and expanding the role of memory in public relations. Public Relations Inquiry4(2), 145-162.

Sukovic, M., Sharf, B.F., Sharkey, J.R., & St. John, J. (2011). Seasoning for the Soul: Empowerment Through Food Preparation Among Mexican Women in the Texas Colonias. Food and Foodways, 19(3), 228-247.

Terry, Andrea (Forthcoming). “Civil Religion as Communal Democratic Sentiment: An Emersonian Perspective” in Jason Edwards & Joseph Valenzano (eds) The Rhetoric of Civil Religion: Sinners, Saints, & Symbols.

Conrad, Charles and Terry, Andrea. 2015. (In Press). “Strategic Communication” in The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Terry, Andrea. “The Church Made Me Do It: Identity and Apology in Marin Foundation Online Video Confessionals.” Journal of Communication Inquiry,  39.4 (298-318). Lead Article.

Terry, Andrea (2014). “My Quiver is Bigger than Yours: Gender, Metaphor, and Ideology in Quiverfull Discourse.” Journal of Communication and Religion, 37.3 (100-116).

Bellar, W., Campbell, H.A., Cho, J., Terry, A., Tsuria, R., Yadlin-Segal, A., and Ziemer, J. (2013). Reading Religion in Internet Memes. Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture, 2(2).

Tsuria, R. (2014). Islamophobia and Polemics Online. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis  Vol. 25, based on the Donner Institute conference on Digital Religion, Turku University, Finland.

Tsuria, R. (2015). Islamophobia in Arab Online Media. CyberOrient, (9)1.

Tsuria, R. (2015). Book Review: The Mediatization of Culture and Society by Stig Hjarvard. New Media & Society, Vol. 17, No. 10

Barbour, J., Jacocks, C., & Wesner, K. (2013). The message design logics of organizational change: Investigating the creation of messages about planned organization change. Communication Monographs.

Yadlin, A. (2012). Immigration Narratives in 1950s Israeli Children’s Newspapers; A brief review. Kesher: Journal for Jewish Communication and Journalism Studies, 43, 151-152 (In Hebrew).

Bellar, W., Campbell, H.A., Cho, J., Terry, A., Tsuria, R., Yadlin-Segal, A., and Ziemer, J. (2013). Reading Religion in Internet Memes. Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture, 2(2).

Yadlin-Segal, A. and Meyers, O. (2014). “Like birds returning to their nest”: Immigration narratives and ideological constructions in early Israeli children magazines. Journalism History, 40(3), 158-166.

Yadlin-Segal, A. (2015). Communicating Identity through Religious Internet Memes in the “Tweeting Orthodoxies” Facebook Page. In: H. Campbell (Ed.), Digital Judaism: Jewish Negotiations with Digital Media and Culture (pp. 110-124). Routledge.

Ramasubramanian, S. and Yadlin-Segal, A. (Forthcoming). Media Influence on Stigma. The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects.

Ramasubramanian, S. and Yadlin-Segal, A. (Forthcoming). Building Meaningful Cross-Sector Partnerships for Children and Media Initiatives: A Conversation Café with Scholars and Activists from around the World. Journal of Children and Media.

Bellar, W., Campell, H. A., Cho, K. J., Terry, A., Tsuria, R., Yadlin-Segal, A., & Ziemer, J. A. (2013). Reading religion in internet memes.Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture, 2(2), 1-39.