Wayne State University

Doctoral Faculty Research


Kristin (Stine) Eckert (Ph.D., University of Maryland)
Assistant Professor
International and Comparative Approaches; Social Media and Gender; Social Media and Minorities; Democratic Potential of Social Media; Critical and Qualitative Methods
  • Eckert, S., & Koliska, M. (2014). Lost in a house of mirrors: Journalists come to terms with myth and reality.Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. (forthcoming).
  • Eckert, S., Chadha, K., & Koliska, M. (2014). Stuck in first gear: the case of the German political "blogosphere."International Journal of Communication, 8, 628-645.
  • Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2013). (Re)triggering backlash: responses to news of Wikipedia's gender gap. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 37(4), 284-303.
  • Eckert, S., & Chadha, K. (2013). Muslim bloggers in Germany: an emergent counterpublic. Media, Culture & Society, 35(8), 926-942.
Michael Fuhlhage (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Assistant Professor
Journalism History; Mass Media History; Propaganda and Public Opinion; Cultural and Social History; Historical, Ethnohistorical and Qualitative Methods
  • Fuhlhage, M. (2014). "Brave Old Spaniards and Indolent Mexicans: J. Ross Browne, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, and the Social Construction of Off-Whiteness," American Journalism 31(1), 100-126.
  • Fuhlhage, M. (2013). "The Mexican Image through Southern Eyes: De Bow's Review in the Era of Manifest Destiny," American Journalism 30 (2), 182-209.
  • Fuhlhage, M. (2013). "Prehistory of a Stereotype: Mass Media Othering of Mexicans in the Era of Manifest Destiny." In Dominic Lasorsa and America Rodriguez (eds.), Identity and Communication: New Agendas in Communication(New York: Routledge, 2013), 82-106.
  • Fuhlhage, M. (2007). "Here's the Matter with Kansas: Thomas Frank, General Semantics, and Contemporary Midwest Politics," General Semantics Bulletin 73, 26-31.
Kelly Jakes  (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Assistant Professor
Rhetorical and Critical Theory; Social Movements; Music & Popular Culture; Subjectivity; Rhetorical and Critical Methods
  • Kelly Jakes, "La France en Chantant: The Rhetorical Construction of French Identity in Songs of the Resistance Movement," Quarterly Journal of Speech 99:3 (2013): 317-340.
  • Kelly Jakes, "Allegories of Love: The Operettas of French Prisoners of War, 1940-1945," Paper presented at the Rhetoric Society of America's biennial conference, San Antonio, TX, May 2014.
  • Kelly Jakes, "Thinly Veiled: 'Women' and Masculinity in French POW Operettas," Paper presented at the National Communication Association's annual conference, Washington, D.C., November 2013.
  • Kelly Jakes, "Music Men: French Prisoners of War and Popular Music, 1940-1945," Paper presented at the Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, April 2013.
Loraleigh Keashly (Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan)
Associate Professor
Conflict and Dispute Resolution; Organizational Communication; Workplace Bullying; Quality of Working Relationships; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Keashly, . (forthcoming).  Nature and prevalence of workplace bullying and mobbing in the US: What do the numbers mean? In M. Duffy and D. Yamada (Eds). Workplace bullying and mobbing in the U.S. Praeger. 
  • Keashly, L. & Neuman, J.H. (forthcoming). Workplace bullying and mobbing in U.S. higher education. In M. Duffy and D. Yamada (Eds). Workplace bullying and mobbing in the U.S. Praeger.
  • Sellnow-Richmond, S. A., & Keashly, L. (In press). Paternity leave, identity and fatherhood. In E. Hatfield (Ed.) The Balancing Act: Intersections of Work-Life Balance in Communication Across Identities, Genders, and Cultures. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.
  • Fisher, R.J. & Keashly, L. (2015). The potential complementarity of mediation and consultation within a contingency model of third party intervention.  1990 article included in Miall, H. Woodhouse, T., Ramsbotham, O., & Mitchell, C. (eds). Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader. Polity Press.
  • Keashly, L. (2013). Hostile work relationships. In B. Omdahl and J. Fritz (eds). Problematic relationships at work, Volume II, Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Keashly, L. & Neuman, J.H. (2013). Bullying in academia: What does current theorizing and research tell us?  In J. Lester (ed). Workplace bullying in higher education. Routledge (pp 1-22).
  • Keashly, L. (2013). Workplace bullying: The case of teen workers. In J. Srabstein & J. Merrick (Eds). Bullying: A public health concern. Berlin: DeGruyter ( updated version of the 2012 article of the same name in International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 24(1))
  • Keashly, L. (2012). Workplace bullying and gender: It's complicated. In S. Fox & T. Lituchy (eds.). Gender and the dysfunctional workplace. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Keashly, L. & Neuman J. H. (2010) Faculty experiences with bullying in higher education: Causes, consequences and management. Administrative Theory and Praxis, 32(1), 49-71.
  • Keashly, L. & Jagatic, K (2010). North American perspectives on workplace hostility and bullying. In S. Einarsen, H. Hoel, & D. Zapf (Eds.), Bullying and harassment in the workplace: Developments in theory, research and practice(2nd ed.) (pp. 41-71). London, UK: Taylor Francis.
  • Keashly, L & Neuman, J. H. (2009). Building constructive communication climate: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Workplace Stress and Aggression Project. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 339-362). Mahwah, NJ: Routledge/LEA.
Katheryn Maguire (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)
Associate Professor
Interpersonal Communication; Family Communication; Long Distance Relationships; Stress & Coping; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Maguire, K. C. (2014). Stress and coping in families: A review and synthesis of communication research. In L. Turner & R. West (Eds.), The Sage handbook of family communication (p. 154-168). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Sahlstein Parcell, E., & Maguire, K. C. (2014). Turning points and trajectories of military deployment. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 129-148.
  • Maguire, K. C., Heinemann, D., & Sahlstein, E. (2013). "To be connected, yet not at all": Relational presence, absence, and maintenance in the context of a wartime deployment. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 249-271.
  • Maguire, K. (2012). Communication, Stress, and Coping in Family Relationships. Polity Press.
Patricia McCormick (Ph.D., Michigan State University)
Associate Professor
Space Policy; Telecommunication Policy; International Communication; Critical and Qualitative Methods
  • McCormick, P. (2014). Space situational awareness: A review of European efforts. Paper presented at the Global Fusion Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
  • McCormick, P., and Mechanick, M. (Eds.) (2013). The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations Policy and Legal Perspectives. Studies in Space Law, Volume 9. Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV.
  • McCormick, P. (2013). Space debris: Conjunction opportunities and opportunities for international cooperation.Science and Public Policy, 40(6), 801-813
  • McCormick, P. (2008). The demise of intergovernmental satellite organizations: A comparative study of Inmarsat and Intelsat. Journal of International Communication, 14(2), 48-65.
Rahul Mitra (Ph.D., Purdue University)
Assistant Professor
Organizational Communication; Sustainability; Leadership, Careers, and Work Enactments; Qualitative Methods
  • Mitra, R., & O'Connor, E. (in press). Perceptions of economic globalization, emerging influence, and international organizations in India. Public Relations Review.
  • Mitra, R. (2013). From transformational leadership to leadership "trans-formations": A critical dialogic perspective.Communication Theory, 23, 395-416.
  • Mitra, R. (2013). The neo-capitalist firm in emerging India: Organization-State-Media linkages. Journal of Business Communication, 50, 3-33.
Anita Mixon (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Assistant Professor
Rhetorical and Critical Theory; Institutional Rhetoric; Gender and Communication; African American Rhetoric; Visual Rhetoric; Rhetorical and Critical Methods
  • Mixon, A. (2018). Assuaging the Ambivalence of Black Voters: Irene McCoy Gaines's 1929 Speech as Apologia. Paper to be presented at Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Mixon, A. (2018). Respectability Politics and the National Association of Negro Musicians: A Rhetorical Analysis of Race Women Musicians. Paper to be presented at Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mixon, A. (2014). The "Typical" in Stereotypical: How Black Masculinity Trumps Black Womanhood in The Ultimate Merger. Carolinas Communication Annual 30: 52 -65.
  • Finnegan, C. & A. Mixon (2014). Art Controversy in the Obama White House: Performing Tensions of Race in the Visual Politics of the Presidency. Presidential Studies Quarterly 44: 244-266.
  • Mixon, A. (2014). Newt Gingrich's Politics of Race & Southern Identity: Representations of Colorblind Racism. In McCarthy, C., Kozma, A., Palma, K., Fitzpatrick, M., & Lamers, N. (Eds.), Mobilized Identities: Mediated Subjectivity and Cultural Crisis in the Neoliberal Era (pp. 168-180). Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.
Julie Novak (Ph.D., North Dakota State University)
Associate Professor
Health Communication; Risk and Crisis Communication; Social Justice and Applied Communication; Qualitative Methods
  • Novak, J. M., & Vidoloff, K. G. (in press). The Internet and citizen journalism changing the dynamics of crisis communication.
  • Seeger, M. W., & Novak, J. M. (2010). Modeling the recall and warning process in the foodborne contamination event: Perspectives from disaster warnings and crisis communication. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 28, 115-144.
  • Novak, J. M. & Sellnow, T. L. (2009). Reducing organizational risk through participatory communication. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 37, 349-373.
Donyale Padgett (Ph.D., Howard University)
Associate Professor
Rhetorical Criticism; Crisis Communication; Diversity and Intercultural Communication; Rhetorical, Critical, and Qualitative Methods
  • Griffin Padgett, D.R., Gupton, M. & Snider, I.N. (forthcoming). Dispelling darkness through dialogue in discrimination cases: Learning diversity lessons the hard way.  In S. D. Long and E. Gilchrist-Petty (Eds.), Contexts of the dark side of communication. NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Griffin Padgett, D.R. (2014). Framing Kwame Kilpatrick: Third-Party Response to the Detroit Mayor's Text Message Scandal. Communication Studies, 64(5), 244-259.
  • Griffin Padgett, D.R., Cheng, S.S., & Parekh, V. (2013). The quest for transparency and accountability: Corporate social responsibility and misconduct cases. Asian Social Science9(9), 31-44.
  • Jenkins, C.D. & Griffin Padgett, D.R. (2012). Race and objectivity: Toward a critical approach to news consumption. In C.P. Campbell, R. Brown, C.D. Jenkins and K. LeDuff (Eds.), Race and news: Critical Perspectives (pp. 232-251). New York: Routledge.
Matthew Seeger (Ph.D., Indiana University)
Professor and Dean of the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts
Risk and Crisis Communication; Organizational Communication; Communication Ethics; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
(Note: Not accepting any new doctoral advisees at this time)
  • Seeger, M.W. & Kuhn, T. (2010). Ethics and organizational communication. ICA Handbook of Communication Ethics. Steve May and George Cheney (Eds)
  • Sellnow, T. L., Ulmer, R. R., Seeger, M. W., & Littlefield, R. S. (2009). Effective risk communication: A message centered approach. New York: NY: Springer.
  • Seeger, M. W. (2006). Best practices in crisis and emergency risk communication. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 34, 232-244.
Pradeep Sopory (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Associate Professor and Graduate Studies Director
Health Communication; Persuasion and Social Influence; Metaphor and Figurative Language; Quantitative Methods
  • Maguire, K., Gardner, J., Sopory, P., Roach, M., Jian, G., Moreno, M., Amschlinger, J., Pettey, G., & Piccone, G. (2010). Formative research regarding kidney disease health information in a Latino American sample: Associations among message frame, threat, efficacy, message effectiveness, and behavioral intention. Communication Education (special issue on Communication Education and Health Promotion), 59, 344-359.
  • Sopory, P. (2008). Metaphor and intra-attitudinal structural coherence. Communication Studies, 59, 164-181.
  • Sopory, P. (2005). Metaphor in formative evaluation and persuasive message design: An application to relationships and alcohol use. Health Communication, 17, 149-172.
Elizabeth Stoycheff (Ph.D., Ohio State University)
Assistant Professor
Digital Media; Media and Democratization; Media Freedom and Censorship; Quantitative Methods
  • Stoycheff, E. & Nisbet, E.C. (forthcoming). Deconstructing Internet penetration and citizen attitudes about governance: A cross-national, multi-level assessment. Political Communication.
  • Pingree, R. & Stoycheff, E. (2013). Differentiating Cueing from Reasoning in Agenda Setting Effects. Journal of Communication, 63, 852-872.
  • Nisbet, E.C., Stoycheff, E. & Pearce, K.E. (2012). Internet use and democratic demands: A multinational, multilevel model of Internet use and citizen attitudes about democracy. Journal of Communication, 62, 249-265.
Stephanie Tong (Ph.D., Michigan State University)
Assistant Professor
Computer-Mediated Communication; Relational Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Quantitative Methods
  • Tong, S. T., & Walther, J. B. (in press). The confirmation and disconfirmation of expectancies in computer-mediated communication.Communication Research.
  • Tong, S. T. (2013). Facebook use during relationship termination: Uncertainty reduction and surveillance.Cyberpscyhology, Behavior, & Social Networking.
  • DeAndrea, D. C., Tong, S. T., Liang, Y. J., Levine, T. R., & Walther, J. B. (2012). When do people misrepresent themselves to others? The effects of social desirability, ground truth, and accountability on deceptive self-presentations. Journal of Communication, 63, 400-417.
  • Tong, S. T., & Walther, J. B. (2011). Just say "No thanks": The effects of romantic rejection across computer-mediated communication. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 488-506.
Fred Vultee (Ph.D., University of Missouri)
Associate Professor
Media Framing; News Practice; Media Ethics; Political Communication; Content Analysis; Quantitative Methods
  • Vultee, F., Ali, S.R., Stover, C., and Vultee, D.M. (2014). Searching, sharing, acting: How audiences assess and respond to social media messages about hazards. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 32,
  • 297-316.
  • Vultee, F. (2013). "Spike the football": Truth-telling, the press and the Bin Laden photos. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 28(4), 241-254.
  • Vultee, F. (2012). A paleontology of style: Changing frames of the Arab and Muslim worlds in the Associated Press Stylebook, 1977-2010. Journalism Practice, 6(4), 450-464.
  • Vultee, F. (2011) Securitization as a media frame: What happens when the media "speak security." In T. Balzacq (Ed.) Securitization theory: How security problems emerge and dissolve (pp. 77-93). New York: Routledge.
Lillian (Lee) Wilkins (Ph.D., University of Oregon)
Professor and Department Chair
Media Ethics; Media Coverage of Hazards and Risks; Political Communication; Critical and Qualitative Methods
  • Wilkins, L. (2013). "I don't do the news: If anything important happens, my friends will tell me about it on Facebook." In Berrin Beassley and Mitch Haney (Eds.), Social Media and the Value of Truth, Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, (Rowan & Littlefield), pp. 65-82.
  • Wilkins, L. (2011). Journalism's moral sentiments. Journalism Studies, 12, 6: 804-815.
  • Wilkins, L., & Christians, C. G. (2008). The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics. New York: Routledge.
Kelly Young (Ph.D., Wayne State University)
Associate Professor
Rhetorical Theory; Argumentation; Political Communication; Rhetorical and Critical Methods
  • Young, Kelly & William Trapani (2011), "Controversy under Erasure: Memory, Museum Practice, and the Politics of Magnitude," Rhetoric, Concord and Controversy, eds. Antonio de Velasco & Melody Lehn (Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press), 252-264.
  • Young, K. (2011). "Impossible Convictions: Convictions and Intentionality in Performance and Switch-Sides Debate," Contemporary Argumentation & Advocacy, 1-44.
  • Young, K. (2010). "The Ghost of Moby-Dick and the Rhetorical Haunting of the Ninth Court"s Anderson v. Evans Decision," Communication Law Review, 10.1, 28-47.
  • Bauer, M., Kelly Young & John Fritch (2010). "The State of Argumentation and Debate: Diversity, Diffusion, and Development," A Century of Transformation: Studies in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastern Communication Association, ed. James W. Chesebro (New York: Oxford UP).