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Nathan Atkinson

Nathan Atkinson (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2009) specializes in rhetorical studies, with particular attention to the manner in which visual images exert suasory influence in constituting public culture. His dissertation examined newsreel coverage of the first public test of the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll, and he is currently revising the manuscript for book publication.

Selected Courses Taught: Atkinson coordinates the department's core curriculum media literacy course (SPCH 2050)


Doug Barthlow

Senior Lecturer (Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1993), Director of Undergraduate Studies (for majors in journalism, film/video, and speech communication), and Internship Coodinator of the Department of Communication. Barthlow has strong experience as a broadcast journalist, having served as a News and Public Affairs Director for two radio stations (WAMX-FM/WCMI-AM), as TV sports producer (WCIX-TV) and as news producer for a television station (WOWK-TV).

Selected Courses Taught: Intro to Communication, Internship

William Clark

Patricia Davis

Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of California at San Diego, 2009). Patricia Davis researches in the area of cultural studies, with a particular interest in the mechanics of public memory. Her dissertation examined how participants in Civil War reenactments accounted for their own public performances. Her work is more widely concerned with memory and heritage studies, race and representation, visual culture, critical gender studies, and popular culture.

Selected Courses Taught: Human Communication


James Darsey

Dr. Darsey is Professor of Communication, and a scholar of rhetorical theory, GLBT studies, and social movements.

Core Graduate Seminars Regularly Taught: Texts and Contexts; Research Methods in Communication; Rhetorical Criticism.


Yuki Fujioka

Associate Professor (Ph.D. Washington State),Yuki Fujioka's research areas include the processes and effects of mediated messages, racial and ethnic minorities and media, and communication and health decision-making. More specifically, Dr. Fujioka's research program centers on the role of social identity in how individuals, particularly minority and underserved audiences, process and respond to mediated information about race, ethnicity, and health-related issues.

Core Graduate Seminars Regularly Taught: Audience Studies; Quantitative Research Methods; Persuasion & Communication Campaign

Carrie Packwood Freeman

Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Univ of OR; MA Univ of GA; BS Univ of FL). Research interests include critical media studies, critical animal studies, environmental comm, media ethics, and strategic comm for social change. Much of her scholarship examines how nonhuman animals and vegetarianism are framed by animal and environmental activists and news and entertainment media, making recommendations for ethical communication to create a more just & sustainable world.

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Cynthia Hoffner

Dr. Hoffner’s academic work focuses on psychological aspects of media uses and effects. 

Selected Courses Taught:  Media, Individuals and Society; Media Uses & Effects; and Quantitative Research Methods.

Jennifer Jiles

Jeff Johnson

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Hongmei Li

Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2006). Dr. Hongmei Li's research focuses on globalization, consumer culture, identity, public diplomacy and culture of the Internet, with an emphasis on Contemporary China in particular and Asian countries in general.

Selected Courses Taught: Media Management & Marketing


Greg Lisby (Associate Chair)

 Dr. Lisby’s research interests include communication law and journalism history.

 Core Graduate Seminars Regularly Taught: Communication Law, Communication in a Globalized Context

Coleen McEdwards

Lecturer (Ph.D. Northcentral University, 2012). McEdwards brings more than 20 years journalism experience to GSU students, most recently building on her successful career as a business affairs reporter and world news anchor for CNN International.

Selected Courses Taught: Newswriting, Broadcast Journalism, Feature & Editorial Writing

Marian Meyers

Associate Professor (Ph.D. Univ of Iowa; MA Univ of Wisc Madison; BA Univ of Mass Amherst). Research interests include feminist media studies, critical and cultural studies, and journalism studies. She is the author or editor of several books, most recently Women in Higher Education: The Fight for Equity (Hampton, 2011) and Women in Popular Culture: Representation and Meaning (Hampton, 2008). She is currently working on a book about the representation of African American women in the news.

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Randy Miller

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Shawn Powers

Shawn Powers (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2009) specializes in international political communication, with particular attention to the geopolitics of information and information technologies

Selected Courses Taught: Communication in a Global Context (MA & PhD), International Political Economy of the Media (MA & PhD), Middle East Media (MA & PhD), Communication Law & Regulation (Undergraduate), Introduction to Theories of the Mass Media (undergraduate)


Suzette Price

Katie Teel


Leonard Teel

Dr.Teel’s research interests include U.S. and international media history and international/global communication.

Core Graduate Seminars Regularly Taught: International Communication; Journalism History; Communication in a Global Context.


Natalie Tindall

Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2007). Natalie Tindall researches in the area of public relations. Dr. Tindall has undertaken research in areas including identity, diversity, and power in the public relations function; identity and health messages; fundraising and philanthropy; organizational culture and stereotypes within historically Black fraternities and sororities; and the intersection of public relations and marketing to minority health.

Selected Courses Taught: Journalism

Joe Trahan

Richard Welch

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Holley Wilkin

Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2005). My applied health communication research program revolves around reducing health disparities in diverse urban environments. I approach health communication from an ecological prospective—exploring individual, community and societal level factors influencing health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors.

Selected Courses Taught: Journalism

Ann Williams

Assistant Professor (PhD, University of Michigan). Ann Williams is a trained survey methodologist, with a background in media studies, political communication, and public opinion research.

Selected Couses Taught: Media and Politics; Political Communication; Research Methods; Media, Ethics, and Society; Public Opinion and Political Culture; Audience Studies