Faculty News

Shara Clark, a strategic communication visiting instructor, just finished serving as president of the Cincinnati chapter of PRSA and at its annual Blacksmith Awards, she was awarded the Silver Awards for her work for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s annual report.

Hongmei Li, associate professor of strategic communication, has just published a co-edited book (with Leslie Marsh) titled: The Middle Class in Emerging Societies: Consumers, Lifestyles and Markets. This volume examines the discursive construction of the meanings and lifestyle practices of the middle class in the rapidly transforming economies of Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, focusing on the social, political and cultural implications at local and global levels. The book addresses three key dimensions: the discursive creation of the middle class, the construction of the cultural identity through consumption practices and lifestyle choices, and the social, political and cultural consequences related to globalization and neoliberalism.

Mehrnaz Rahimi, a visiting assistant professor in strategic communication, published a book chapter titled “Press coverage of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: A multinational, cross-language comparison.” The book “The United States Presidential Election 2012: Political and Communication Science Analyses” will be published in 2016.

Wil Haygood, Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor in journalism, published his book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America.” The Washington Post named the book one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, and CBA Sunday Morning News called it one of the Top Five Books of the Fall Literary Season.

Three faculty members from MJF presented at the National Communication Association’s 101st Annual Convention in Las Vegas on a panel about the “Innovative and Unexpected Uses of Social Media.”

Bruce Drushel, Kathleen German, and Robert Bodle each presented. German presented on “Contemporary Social Movements, Video Verite, and the Rhetoric of ISIS:” Drushel presented on “Social Media Versus the Madmen: Notes from the Frontlines of a Digital Insurgency;” and Bodle spoke about “Social Media, Self-Segregation and the Spiral of Silence.”

Bruce Drushel, associate professor in Media & Culture is founding co-editor (with Kylo-Patrick Hart at TCU) of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, a new journal from Intellect Publishing. The first issue was printed in October and the second issue is due out early in 2016. Drushel also is author of two articles in Journal of American Culture due out in March 2016: “In Service of Camp or Campiness of Service: The ‘Court’ as Gay Fraternal Society,” and “The Meaning is in the Messenger: GLBTQ Persons and American Culture.”