Recent Ph.D. Graduates



Laura Witzling, 2018
Dissertation: “Communication and local food: Exploring the roles of selective exposure, social exposure, and lifestyle”
First Job: Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Patrice Kohl, 2018
Dissertation: “Communicating Conservation in a Time of Ecological and Technical Change”
First Job: Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

Yan Liu, 2018
Dissertation: “Social Support, Change Talk, and People’s Health: Investigation of Social Support Solicitation, Provision, and Change Talk in Digital Alcohol Use Disorders and Substance Use Disorders Support Groups”
First job: Assistant Professor, Shanghai University 

Haley Madden, 2017
Dissertation: “Health, health communication and identity in (unrecognized) Indian Country: A community-based research project with the Brothertown Indian Nation”
First job: Community-Engaged Scholarship Specialist, Morgridge Center for Public Service

Kristin Runge, 2017
Dissertation: “‘Social’ Science, Spider Goats and American Science Audiences: Investigating the Effects of Interpersonal Networks on Perceptions of Emerging Technologies”
First job: Mass Communications and Marketing Researcher, Center for Community and Economic Development

Timothy Tynan, 2017
Dissertation: “Tribal Youth Media: Towards a Positive Tribal Youth Development Model”
First job: Founder, Youth on Assignment

Molly Wilkinson, 2016
Dissertation: “Chemicals, tainted water, news and new media in Appalachia: Communicating risk in and environmental health crisis”
First job: Solution Specialist, Deloitte Consulting

Leona Yi-Fan Su, 2016
Dissertation: “Incivility in online comments: Mapping the environment and mechanisms of influence”
First job: Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Heather Akin, 2015
Dissertation: “The role of values, norms, and media use in public perceptions of climate change: A cross-cultural and U.S. analysis”
Post-doc: University of Pennsylvania
Next job: Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

Jill Hopke, 2015
Dissertation: “Contesting technologies in the networked society: A case study of hydraulic fracturing and shale development”
First job: Assistant Professor, DePaul University

Nan Li, 2015
Dissertation: “The science-policy interface as a communication process: Exploring how policy decision-makers perceive science-driven policy and make evidence-based decisions on the nuclear fuel cycle”
Post-doc: University of Pennsylvania
Next job: Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University

Meg Turville-Heitz, 2015
Dissertation: “Negotiating Mine Field: Public Policy, Protest and Proposed Penokee Mine”
First job: Grant Program Director, Wisconsin Humanities Council

Doo-hun Choi, 2014
Dissertation: “The Politicization and Polarization of Science in the Process of Public Opinion Formation: Exploring How Citizens Process Information about Scientific Issues”
First job: Assistant Professor, Konkuk University

Jiyoun Kim, 2014
Dissertation: “The dynamics of engagement with news content in online environment: Exploring the role of normative social cues in risk communication”
First job: Lecturer, University of Kentucky

Camille Rogers, 2014
Dissertation: “A Community of (Hybrid) Practice: Identifying the Cultural Influences of Journalism, Academic Extension and Blogging Within the External PLOS Blogs Network”
First job: Naval Postgraduate School

James T. Spartz, 2014
Dissertation: “Public perceptions on bioenergy in a mixed-use landscape: Framing effects, trusted sources, place attachment and information seeking in southwest Wisconsin”
First job: Assistant Professor, Unity College

Sara K. Yeo, 2014
Dissertation: “Selecting our own science: The role of communication contexts and individual traits in media selectivity”
First job: Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Michael A. Cacciatore, 2013
Dissertation: “Differentiating the Applicability of Constructs from their Accessibility: Returning to a Narrow Conceptualization of Framing Effects in Communication Research”
First job: Assistant Professor, University of Georgia

Juli Hinds, 2013
Dissertation: “Projecting Nature: Eco-criticism and the post World War II Western”
First job: Assistant Professor, Medaille College

Pamela Nevar, 2013
Dissertation: “Effects of Social Cause Placement within Entertainment Television Programming”
First job: Director, McNair Scholars Program at Central Washington University

Ashley A. Anderson, 2012
Dissertation: “The Social Context of Online News: How Incivility in Online Comments Impacts Public Perceptions of and Public Engagement with Science”
Post Doc: George Mason University
Next job: Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Marilyn Andrews, 2012
Dissertation: “Mapuche Communication and Self-Representation: Indigenous Expressions of Identity via New Media”
First job: Teacher, Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic High School

Kajsa Dalrymple, 2011
Dissertation: “Making Waves: Mass media, Opinion Leaders, and the Campaign for Environmental Change”
First Job: Assistant Professor, The University of Iowa

Amy B. Becker, 2010
Dissertation: “Fresh Politics: Comedy, Celebrity, and the Promise of New Political Outlooks”
First Job: Assistant Professor, Towson University

Andrew R. Binder, 2010
Dissertation: “Mass Media, the Negotiation Of Meaning, and Social Transformations of Risk: Public Opinion Dynamics Surrounding the Establishment of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility”
First Job: Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Timothy K. F. Fung, 2010
Dissertation: “Value Framing, Cultural Cognitive Systems and Cultural Cognition: Exploring How Media Framing Effect Vary Across and Within Culture”
First Job: Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

Sara Steffes Hansen, 2009
Dissertation: “Brands and Social Interaction of Avatars: An Exploration in a Virtual World”
First Job: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Tsung-Jen Shih, 2009
Dissertation: “Predicting Attitudes Toward Nanotechnology: The Influence of Cultural and Predispositional Values”
First Job: Assistant Professor, National Chengchi University

Patrisia Gonzales, 2008
Dissertation: “Birth is A Ceremony:  Story and Formulas of Thought In Indigenous Medicine and Indigenous Communications”
First Job: Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Jerralyn Moudry, 2008
Dissertation: “Perceived Value Congruence and Family Communication Patterns As Predictors Of Parental Television Mediation”
First Job: Assistant Professor, Wisconsin Lutheran College

Roberto Garcia Rodriguez, 2008
Dissertation: “Centeotzintli:  Sacred Maize a 7000 Year Ceremonial Discourse”
First Job: Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Shirley Soo Yee Ho, 2008
Dissertation: “Value Predispositions, Communication, and Attitudes Toward Nanotechnology: The Interplay of Public and Experts”
First Job: Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Donna Van Bogaert, 2007
Dissertation: “How women with breast cancer use and experience and ehealth information and support system: Do cognitive style preferences yield to survival-based thinking”
First Job: Branch Chief-Information, Resources & Dissemination Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health