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David Ryfe
David Ryfe

David Ryfe, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Professor
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David’s research spans the fields of political communication, presidential communication, and the history and sociology of news. Much to the chagrin of many professional journalists, David has never been a journalist. However, for his last book project, he spent parts of five years in newspaper newsrooms, including a six-month stint as a “faculty intern” during which he wrote over forty stories for the newspaper. His current work on online news sites keeps him in close contact with journalists who run these organizations.
Jacquie Albrecht
Jacquie Albrecht

Jacquie Albrecht

Title/Position
Departmental Administrator
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Tessa Adams
Tessa Adams PhD University of Iowa

Tessa Adams

Title/Position
Graduate Student
JCI Editor
Tessa Adams is a Ph.D. student interested in race and representation in film and television. Adams is a critical-cultural scholar particularly interested in the intersections of racism, sexism, and classism in “woke” horror productions.
Munachim Amah
Munachim Amah

Munachim Amah

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Munachim Amah is a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is focusing his research on journalism studies, digital media, and economic development and is specifically interested in media representation of poverty and the influence of this on policy.
Mir Ashfaquzzaman
Mir Ashfaquzzaman

Mir Ashfaquzzaman

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Mir is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, whose research interest is in journalism studies, especially journalism ethics.
Manfred Asuman
Manfred Asuman

Manfred Asuman

Title/Position
Visiting Research Scholar
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Manfred is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Iowa.
Mumtahin Awny
Mumtahin Awny

Mumtahin Awny

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Sam Babin
Sam Babin

Sam Babin

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Sam Babin is a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa where he is currently working towards a Ph.D.  His research contributes to the areas of agenda-setting, framing, and public opinion research and utilizes multiple methodologies, including quantitative content analysis.
Jaime Bell
Jaime Bell

Jaime Bell

Title/Position
Marketing and Public Relations Specialist
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Daniel Berkowitz
Daniel Berkowitz

Daniel Berkowitz, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Dan’s primary research interests focus on social and cultural approaches to the study of news, particularly news narratives, collective memory, professional boundary work and the media/terrorism interface.
Stephen Berry
 

Stephen Berry, M.A.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Stephen J. Berry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter, specializes in investigative reporting. His book, Watchdog Journalism: The Art of Investigative Reporting (Oxford University Press), was released in July 2008. He is now conducting research on liberal newspaper editors in the South during the civil rights movement for his second book. He is co-founder, senior advisor and the former interim executive director-editor of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, a non-profit organization that publishes the online news site, IowaWatch.org. The Iowa Center is dedicated to collaborating with other news organizations to produce in-depth explanatory and investigative projects on serious public affairs issues confronting Iowans. During his tenure as editor, he supervised and edited more than 100 student-produced investigative or explanatory projects for IowaWatch.
Venise Berry
Venise Berry

Venise Berry, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Phone
Berry's research is in the area of African American Cultural Criticism. She is developing a theory called "racialism," which involves the influence of the media on African American images and messages. She is published widely in academic circles with numerous articles based on her research in the area of media, youth, and popular culture. Her two most recent nonfiction projects, The Historical Dictionary of African American Film (Scarecrow Press, 2005) and The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel, 2001) are co-authored with her brother S. Torriano Berry, a professor in film at Howard University in Washington , DC. She also co-edited the book Mediated Messages and African-American Culture: Contemporary Issues (Sage, 1996), which won the Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America in 1997.
Katy Biddle
Kathryn Biddle

Katy Biddle

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Katy Biddle is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa. Katy's research interests lie at the intersection of television and social media.
Stephen G. Bloom
Stephen Bloom

Stephen G. Bloom

Title/Position
Professor
Phone
Stephen G. Bloom's current work focuses on long-form nonfiction, oral history, and online narrative journalism. He teaches magazine reporting and writing, and media ethics in a digital age. Bloom was named the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Maggie Brooks
Maggie Brooks

Maggie Brooks

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Maggie Brooks is a M.A. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication interested in the intersections of gender, sport, and media.
Lei Chen
Lei Chen

Lei Chen

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Lei Chen is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research interests fall in digital media, narrative journalism, and online deliberation.
Jennifer Cooper
Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper

Title/Position
Student Center Coordinator
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Pam Creedon
 

Pam Creedon, M.A.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Professor Pamela J. Creedon started her academic career in 1984 at The Ohio State University, where she taught journalism, advertising, and public relations courses for a decade. She then served thirteen years as a professor and the Director at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at both Kent State University and The University of Iowa.
Kajsa Dalrymple
Kajsa Dalrymple

Kajsa Dalrymple, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Director, Media, Policy, and Public Opinion Research Program, UI Public Policy Center
Senior Research Fellow in Residence, UI Public Policy Center
Phone
Kajsa studies the power of influence within social networks. Her research looks at how media can help mobilize influential members of a social network to encourage positive social change. She has a particular interest in environmental communication and water sustainability. Kajsa’s current research project focuses on how different types of interactive media (e.g., maps, apps, etc.) can stimulate more sustainable agricultural practices. Kajsa has worked closely with both state governmental agencies and Extension efforts to help facilitate campaign development and better understand the behavioral impact of social marketing campaigns.
Michael Davis
Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Michael Davis is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate instructor at SJMC. He has taught Journalistic Reporting and Writing and Multimedia Storytelling for the department.  
Jeff Donoghue
 

Jeff Donoghue

Title/Position
Associate Director - Financial Analysis
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David Dowling
David Dowling

David Dowling, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Phone
David Dowling’s work in digital media and journalism studies centers on developments in publishing industries that drive markets and cultural production. The impact of shifts in online culture and digital publishing industries on multimedia narrative is the focus of Immersive Longform Storytelling: Media, Technology, Audience (2019). This research on digital journalism’s pivot toward increasingly immersive forms—from podcasts to 360/VR and interactive documentaries—provides the foundation in interactive news media for The Gamification of Digital Journalism: Innovation in Journalistic Storytelling (2021), his ninth solo-authored book. Also extending from the 2019 book are studies on podcasting that include two award-winning articles (Dowling & Miller 2019; Fox, Dowling, & Miller 2020) and a current book project on the rise of audio reporting in the digital age.
Frank Durham
Frank Durham

Frank Durham, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
Frank Durham’s research interests include journalism history and media framing analysis. Prior to completing his doctorate, he worked in strategic communications. He teaches courses in journalism history, strategic communication, and cultural satire. Frank Durham is a member of the University Faculty Senate, a member of the University Faculty Council, a member of the Senate Committee on Academic Values, and a founding participant in the University Office of Teaching and Learning Committee’s large lecture development program. He won the 2011-2012 Collegiate Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Meenakshi (Gigi) Durham
Gigi Durham

Meenakshi (Gigi) Durham, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Phone
Meenakshi Gigi Durham is a distinguished scholar, teacher, and writer whose work centers on media and the politics of the body. Her research emphasizes issues of gender, sexuality, race, youth cultures, and sexual violence. She holds a joint appointment in Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies and was Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2017-2019.
Brian Ekdale
Brian Ekdale

Brian Ekdale, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Phone
Brian studies media work within global digital cultures. His research looks at how and why people create media content in the digital era. He has a particular interest in media produced within and about Africa. Brian has professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist, and video producer. His documentary 10 Days in Malawi was screened at 11 film festivals and won 8 awards.
John Erickson
 

John Erickson, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
John Erickson's research interests are in the history of mass communications in the United States, specifically the intellectual history of inquiry into news and the cultural history of reporting. He also is researching the social meaning of news. He teaches news reporting and writing, depth and specialized reporting, news editing, historical and cultural foundations of communication, history of communications in the United States, social meanings of the news, and mass communication and modern society.
Kylah Hedding
Kylah Hedding

Kylah Hedding, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Phone
Kylah’s research interests lie at the intersection of political communication, environmental communication, and strategic communication. She studies the roles of media and advocacy in politics and policy making. She is especially interested in water and energy issues, particularly how scientific information is used and discussed. Currently she is researching the role of media and advocacy in Iowa environmental and agricultural policy making. Additional projects include examinations of civic engagement, advocacy organizations, community newspapers, and alternative media and their influence in politics.
Mike Hendrickson
 

Mike Hendrickson

Title/Position
Computer Consultant
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Tracy Hufford
Tracy Hufford

Tracy Hufford, M.B.A.

Title/Position
Lecturer
Internship Coordinator
Phone
Tracy’s story began in the world of business as she grew up in a family of small business entrepreneurs. Tracy followed in those footsteps and received a MBA from Thunderbird in Glendale, Arizona. She has worked in Fortune 500 companies, private companies, and been an independent business consultant and owner.
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Abubakar Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Abubakar is a graduate student at the University of Iowa with interest in the future of newsrooms in a post-pandemic world.
Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen

Title/Position
Internship and Placement Coordinator
Director of Iowa High School Press Association
Phone
Paul Jensen has been the Internship Placement Coordinator for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2010. He also leads the Iowa High School Press Association and organizes the Iowa Summer Journalism Workshop (for high school students).
John Kimmich Javier
 

John Kimmich Javier, M.A.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Photographing the diversity of culture and history has led John Kimmich Javier from pre-Columbian civilizations in Central America to European and Islamic civilizations in Spain. Assignments have taken him to Spain to photograph architecture, to Egypt to document an ancient ceramist community, and to Sweden to photograph palace interiors.
Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Patrick is Ph.D. student and graduate instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He comes from nearly a decade of teaching high school journalism and English, and a decade of being an adjunct professor in journalism and media studies at Marquette University (where he received both my bachelor's and master's degrees).
Michele Ketchum
 

Michele Ketchum

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
Phone
Mehrnaz Khanjani
Mehrnaz Khanjani

Mehrnaz Khanjani

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Mehrnaz is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. Her area of research is political and international communication.
Lillian Martell
Lillian Martell

Lillian Martell, M.A.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Lecturer
Phone
Lillian’s career has been dedicated to newswriting for contemporary audiences. She joined the University of Iowa faculty in January 2016 after previous teaching assignments at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. A longtime journalist in Kansas and Oklahoma, Lillian served 15 years in the newspaper industry, most recently at the Wichita Eagle. She worked as both a copy editor and a reporter covering government, business, health care and higher education. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Frankline Matanji
Frankline Matanji

Frankline Matanji

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Frankline Matanji is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a specialization in international/development studies. Frankline’s research interest ranges from the empowering role of participatory communication for directed social change, international communication, media influences on people’s attitude and engagement and, digital media use especially in the Global South.
Don McLeese
Don McLeese

Don McLeese, M.A.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
Don has spent his career immersed in arts, entertainment and popular culture. He was the popular music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Austin American-Statesman; a columnist, reviewer and feature writer for Rolling Stone; and a frequent music and book reviewer for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites. His work has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post and the Oxford American to TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly and Salon.com. He has also written three books and contributed to many others.
Charles Munro
Charles Munro

Charles Munro, M.A.

Title/Position
Lecturer
Phone
Charles Munro has been a journalist, manager, industry consultant and educator, for over 30 years. He started as a television trainee news writer at WXYZ in Detroit, and moved into producing and after eight years and two Emmy awards for news coverage. A promotion to Assistant News Director took him to WABC-TV in New York City. After ten years with ABC and aspiring to lead a TV newsroom he became News Director WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.
Anna Newnum
Anna Newnum

Anna Newnum

Title/Position
Academic Advisor
Phone
Anna Newnum is the Academic Advisor for Journalism & Mass Communication Majors. The first time she set foot on campus was as a Ph.D. student in English. She was previously a undergraduate advisor for the department of English and has worked as a writing tutor. She’s taught literature and composition courses at both the University of Iowa and Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
Thomas Oates
Thomas Oates

Thomas Oates, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
Thomas’s primarily interest lies in sports coverage within magazines, newspapers, websites, video games, and videos. During his childhood, Thomas would sometimes spend summer at work with his father, who was also an academic. To pass time, he would spend time leafing through bound copies of old Sports Illustrated magazines. He found himself fascinated in the kinds of stories that were told about great athlete and memorable games. Additionally, he found that there were innumerable ways to tell these stories, yet most conformed to similar patterns.
Brittany Ogden
Brittany Ogden

Brittany Ogden

Title/Position
Administrative Services Coordinator
Phone
Judy Polumbaum
Judy Polumbaum

Judy Polumbaum, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Polumbaum joined the Iowa faculty in 1989 and became professor emerita in mid-2015. She was one of the first Western scholars to focus on journalism and media in mainland China. She continues to write and publish on many subjects; her forthcoming book All Available Light: The Life and Legacy of Photographer Ted Polumbaum (McFarland Press, fall 2021) relates the story of her social activist photojournalist father, whose defiance of the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a young wire service reporter compelled him to take up a new, ultimately successful career behind the camera. Judy has a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a doctorate in communication from Stanford University.
Kevin Ripka
Kevin Ripka

Kevin Ripka

Title/Position
Lecturer
Phone
Kevin's area of interest is data and information visualization within experiential, participatory, and interactive contexts utilizing web technologies, new technologies, and physical pieces. Subjects he likes to explore in these works include science communication to the public; pop culture & Americana (baseball cards being at the forefront of this inquiry); and heftier subjects such as time and mortality.
Jenny Ritchie
 

Jenny Ritchie

Title/Position
University Shared Services
Phone
Jane Singer
 

Jane Singer, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Jane Singer is Professor of Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University London, where she is continuing her teaching and research into journalistic innovation. At Iowa, she most recently taught undergraduate classes in writing, ethics and political journalism, as well as graduate courses on social science theory and the changing media landscape.
Sujatha Sosale
Sujatha Sosale

Sujatha Sosale, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
Sujatha Sosale is interested in media development and social change in Global South countries, with a focus on South Asia and the southern Indian Ocean Rim. She has published in the areas of news and public affairs reporting about contemporary development, trade agreements in the news, national identity and news discourse at critical historical junctures, the political economy of the development of media technologies in colonial contexts, and media technology use in contemporary urban contexts. Her current research examines the development of mobile technologies in a rural region in South India.
Heather Spangler
Heather Spangler

Heather Spangler

Title/Position
Event Management Certificate Coordinator
Associate Professor of Instruction
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Heather Spangler is interested in helping brands of all types meet their goals through strategic communications, especially through events, social media, and written communications. A Hawkeye since birth, Heather has worked as a newspaper reporter and spent a decade working in strategic communications, event management, and alumni relations in higher education. In addition to her teaching duties as a lecturer in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Heather coordinates the University of Iowa’s Certificate in Event Management.
Javie Ssozi
Javie Ssozi

Javie Ssozi

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Kenneth Starck
 

Kenneth Starck, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus
Kenneth Starck's research interests are in intercultural journalism, the journalistic process, and press responsibility. He teaches international communication, journalistic reporting and writing, and intercultural journalism courses.
Jeremiah Thrasher
Jeremiah Thrasher

Jeremiah Thrasher

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Phone
Jeremiah is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research interests are in news media literacy, public policy, and education. He believes an informed electorate is integral to a healthy democracy and this inspires his research.
Rebekah Tilley
Rebekah Tilley

Rebekah Tilley

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Phone
Rebekah is Ph.D. student in mass communication focusing her research on strategic messaging and issues management. She is particularly interested in the dynamics at play in the institutional response to crises common to higher education.
Melissa Tully
Melissa Tully

Melissa Tully, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor
Phone
Melissa studies digital and social media, international communication, and news media literacy. Melissa has a particular interest in media produced in and about Africa and has conducted research in Kenya, Ghana, and Burundi. She is currently working on research about misinformation and media literacy in Kenya. Melissa teaches courses that focus on social and digital media for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Jenifer Vick
Jenifer Vick

Jenifer Vick

Title/Position
Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate Co-Director
Lecturer
Phone
Jenifer Vick, lecturer and co-director of the Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate, came to the University of Iowa in 2016. The newly-created program combines two related certificates—Nonprofit Management and Fundraising and Philanthropy Communication. Most nonprofits are small to medium in size and require professionals be well-versed in multiple functions, so providing this wider breadth of knowledge is important to UI students who will soon be utilizing those skills on the job.
Travis Vogan
Travis Vogan

Travis Vogan, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Phone
Travis's research and teaching center on sport, media, and U.S. culture. I am especially interested in film and television, media industries, documentary, and how understandings of "high" and "low" culture figure into these topics.
Rachel Young
Rachel Young

Rachel Young, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director
Phone
Rachel’s research investigates the role of social media and other user-generated digital content in health and wellness. Overall, the goal behind her research is to apply mass communication theory to improve health outcomes.
Ge (Echo) Zhu
Ge Zhu

Ge (Echo) Zhu

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Ge Zhu is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa. Her research investigates media representation of and cultivation of health beliefs and behaviors across cultural contexts.
Zhiying (Jenny) Xu
Zhiying Xu

Zhiying (Jenny) Xu

Title/Position
Graduate Student
Teaching Assistant
Zhiying (Jenny) Xu is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her research interests lie in the media effect/influences of social media usages.