of Communication & Journalism
Maryam Alhiani is a first-year Ph.D. student from Oman. She received her BA in teaching English from Sultan Qaboos University. In 2003, she earned her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with an emphasis on computer-assisted language learning from Monterey Institute of International Studies, California. She has been teaching English at Sultan Qaboos University since 2000. Maryam's research interests are in intercultural communication.
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Ashley earned both her B.A. in integrated marketing communications (2007) and M.A. in communication (2010) from the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. She is inspired to conduct research that is relevant to and will make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Her research interests are within health communication, specifically examining wellness and disease prevention. Currently, she is a part of a statewide HIV/AIDS needs assessment. Ashley has taught public speaking, public speaking online, interviewing, and introduction to strategic communication.
Sasha is originally from Yekaterinburg, Russia, via Arkansas, where she has been living since she was 15. Sasha graduated from a small liberal arts school in Arkansas, Hendrix College, with a B.A. in international relations, global studies and German. She received her M.A. in interpersonal and organizational communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Sasha believes that as a Christian she is called to be an agent of positive change in the world (to serve others, to share the fruit of academic research, and to bring the light of love into each interaction). This has been manifested through Sasha's work for the Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission of the City of Little Rock on spreading diversity efforts in high schools. Sasha has also done work for a global nonprofit organization, Heifer International, in developing an orientation and adjustment program for new employees. Sasha considers herself very blessed to be a part of such strong, diverse, and supportive community as the Department of Communication and Journalism. Sasha is hoping to devote her future career to making a positive impact through consulting, program design and development, and motivational speaking. In the meantime, Sasha is talking life one moment at a time, treasuring and enjoying each breath of air. See Sasha's curriculum vitae.
Susan served in various positions in the international department of Silberline Manufacturing Company Inc.,with responsibility for sales and marketing of aluminum pigments to coatings, plastics, inks and explosives manufacturers in Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Southeast Asia. She worked for the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University as marketing manager of a new professional education initiative and as a guide/facilitator at the Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry, a six-week business leadership course attended by 100 participants from at least 50 countries. She also taught networking seminars at the Global Village and was a guest presenter at the Pennsylvania Governors School for Global Entrepreneurship. Recently Susan completed a two-year term as president of a local non-profit, leading its Board of Trustees in a restructuring of the organization’s management. Since 2005, Susan has taught courses at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. These include international management, strategic management, historical traditions of business and an MBA-elective in trade issues. Susan received a B.A. in history from Georgetown University, a M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a Certificate of Conflict Resolution from the University of Utah.
Natasha is originally from Brazil, Ind., a small rural town in the heart of the Midwest. She left the dairy farm area and relocated to an urban setting in Indianapolis, Ind. In the heart of the city, she attended Indiana University and earned her B.A. in communication studies in 2009 and her M.A. in applied communication in 2011. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. with a concentration in intercultural communication. Natasha has a broad range of interests that include interpersonal communication, communication and culture, civic engagement and community involvement, and interpersonal neurobiology, a relatively innovative area of research. She hopes that her research will ask questions that seek to improve the way people interact and communicate. She thoroughly enjoys research that has practical implications as well as teaching in an interactive classroom that encourages students to understand their potential for making a difference.
Vanessa is originally from New Orleans, La., and spent a lot of time in Las Cruces, N.M., where her parents reside. She received her B.A. at the University of Washington in Seattle with two degrees in communication and in art history. She then took an interest in public health and went to New Mexico State University for her M.A. in public health and now, while at UNM, is pursuing her Ph.D. with a concentration in health communication. Her interests include study of culture and race, disease prevention/health promotion, and utilizing communication, media, as well as visual arts to reach minority and underserved populations in addressing health disparities. Her interests in health revolve around addressing gaps in health communication research among populations receiving minimal attention as well as external and socio-ecologic factors that impact health. She is teaching public speaking in the communication department. As far as hobbies go, she loves traveling internationally, eating internationally, and admiring art and architecture worldwide.
Santhosh is from Bangalore, India, where he obtained his M.S. in communication from Bangalore University. He worked as a journalist for five years before moving to New Mexico, where he received his M.A. in communication with a graduate certificate in American studies. Santhosh investigated the effects of the liberalization of India’s economy on the editorial policies of two Kannada newspapers in his thesis titled “Neoliberalism and the Indian Vernacular Press: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Neoliberal Discourses Among Kannada Journalists,” which drew upon his experiences as a journalist. Santhosh is interested in critical race theory, whiteness, critical theory, political economy of the media, and normative media theories. He reads (and re-reads) the adventures of Byomkesh Bakshi in his spare time and dreams of writing detective fiction some day.
Bobby is a native New Mexican who was born in Santa Fe. He majored in Broadcast Production at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication and received his B.A. from Arizona State University in 1986. Over the next decade he established a successful film career and worked in various capacities as a film crew member on 34 local, national and international film projects. In 1997, Bobby graduated with distinction after completing his thesis on the history of giant-screen film technologies and received his M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of New Mexico. In 2005, Bobby returned to Albuquerque and accepted a job as the Operations Manager for the LodeStar Astronomy Center. Since 2007 he has been working as the Sr. Public Affairs Representative and Operations Manager for Residence Life and Student Housing at UNM. His primary communication research interests are in mass communication history and theory. Bobby plans to utilize the diffusion of innovations and reception theories to discover how audiences react and actively participate within our highly interactive mediated environments today.
Kristen grew up in Tehachapi, Calif., a small mountain town in the southern-most tip of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She received her B.A. in communication from San Diego State University in 2007 and her M.A. in communication studies from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. in 2009. Her areas of interest broadly include rhetoric, media studies, and critical-cultural studies. In particular, her research often explores mediated representations of gender and sexuality through the lenses of feminist and queer theory. Kristen has taught public speaking for several years and is teaching media theory at UNM.
Jaci is a Chicago native who has spent the last 10 years living in Missouri and abroad. She earned B.A. degrees in Communication: Journalism and Spanish from Truman State University, and studied Spanish and Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis to earn her M.A. More recently, Jaci has worked as a business writer/editor and as a Spanish teacher in a public elementary school. Jaci has traveled abroad extensively, including working in a school in Quito, Ecuador, and her primary research interest is intercultural communication in educational settings.
Marisa received a B.A. in theatre arts from California State University-Long Beach and an M.A. in communication studies from CSU-Northridge. Before continuing her studies at UNM, Marisa worked as an adjunct faculty member at CSU Northridge in Chicana/o studies and at Cal Lutheran University in the Communication Department. She has taught courses in public speaking, business and professional communication, interviewing, and media theory. Her research interests include intercultural communication, critical media studies, language production, gender and communication, pedagogy, feminist intersectional discourse analysis, and textual analysis. Her research focuses on the representation of Latinas/os in film, the history of labor relations between the U.S. and Mexico, and how film representation relates to the anti-immigration rhetoric in public and mass media discourse. She has presented research at both regional and national conferences as well as attended Global Dialogue seminars on “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power” sponsored by University of California-Berkeley in Tarragona, Spain.
Originally from Norman, Okla., Ricky earned a B.A. in moving image arts from the College of Santa Fe. As a senior, Ricky interned at the Media Literacy Project as a media specialist, helping the organization create multi-media teaching tools to cultivate critical thinking and activism in our media culture. After graduating, Ricky continued working at MLP for two years as an Americorps VISTA, before pursuing an M.A. in media studies at the University of Texas-Austin. While at UT, Ricky organized with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and was the co-president of LGBTQgrad, the only campus-based organization for queer-identified graduate students. Ricky's master’s thesis explores the historical construction of an urban-based queer identity, the supremacy of the coming-out narrative in mainstream LGBTQI culture, and the various ways in which queer people in non-urban areas are responding to homonormativity via the articulation of identities, both sexuality and place-based, in online settings. Building upon this research, Ricky hopes to move into the health communication world, researching and implementing Web and mobile-based health interventions to close disparities gaps for LGBTQI populations. Ricky's research interests include place-based identity, LGBTQI studies, health communication, new media health campaigns, rural studies, critical cybercultural studies and other buzzword-y areas.
Wendy moved to New Mexico from New York City 11 years ago to work in the area of breast and cervical cancer prevention and early detection. She works in applied research, as the liaison between the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) and the Department of Health for the statewide Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, and the manager of the National Breast Cancer Foundation mammography project at UNMH. She is a founding member of the mobile mammogram project, providing services to women in rural communities. Wendy is an active member of the American Cancer Society Breast Core Team, which focuses on awareness, education, research and outreach. She was the recipient of the Anita Salas Award in 2003 honoring her work with breast cancer survivors. Prior to moving to New Mexico she worked in the areas of traumatic brain injury, medical social work, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, mental health and domestic violence. Wendy earned a B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College, an M.S. in social administration and public policy from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from Anderson School of Management at UNM. She is a licensed independent social worker and certified case manager. Wendy’s current research interests are focused on health communication, including breast cancer patients’ use of narrative, patient-provider communication, and practical applications of communication theory to reduce health disparities.
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Sara comes to UNM from Dallas, Texas. She earned her B.A. in 2002 at the University of North Texas, with a double major in French and communication studies, and completed an M.A. in communication studies in 2007 where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student. Sara's research interests focus on media and the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender, particularly the construction and communication of identity through media discourses. She has presented academic research on identity representation in media texts, including reality-based programming, the 2008 presidential election coverage, and children's television programming at the University of North Texas annual student conference, Western States Communication Association annual conference, and the National Communication Association annual conference. Most recently, Sara received the Top Overall Communication Theory Division Paper Award at the WSCA’s annual conference. Sara also was named an Everett Rogers Doctoral Research Scholar by UNM's Department of Communication and Journalism. Courses she has taught include public speaking, media theories, introduction to mass communication, and intercultural communication. Currently, she teaches gender and communication and will teach language, thought, and behavior in spring 2011. See Sara’s curriculum vitae.
Dani earned a B.A. in communication studies and Spanish from Concordia College in December 2007. She completed an M.A. in communication studies at New Mexico State University in 2010. At NMSU, Dani taught a hybrid basic communication course that fused public speaking elements with introductions to the discipline of communication. She has also taught ESL to Spanish speakers. Her research asks questions surrounding grassroots organizing, border studies, and identity. Dani has presented her research at the Central States Communication Association conference as well as the National Communication Association conference. Originally from Minnesota, Dani likes to spend her free time running, biking, kayaking, and participating in other outdoor activities.
Carmen earned her M.A. in communication from UNM in 2000. Her research orientation is informed through human rights and community restoration work conducted in national and international contexts and the core experience of serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, 1988 - 1990. Carmen has conducted field-based action-oriented research while managing programs in East Timor, Sudan, Burma, and western Alaska. She has presented research findings at various conferences including APHA, WSCA, and NCA. As a UNM graduate student, Carmen has taught public speaking, interviewing, and interpersonal communication classes. In addition, she served as a research assistant in UNM’s Sleep Research Center and was a teaching assistant for C&J’s introductory quantitative data analysis class. Carmen currently teaches nonverbal communication and works with the Refugee Wellbeing Project that is housed in UNM’s Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health. She is interested in working with groups in political spaces to explore the dynamics, intersections and overlays between participation, agency, dignity, and change.
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David A. Maile
David, originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, spent time in the Portland, Oregon area for both undergraduate and graduate school. He earned his B.A. in economics and political science at Pacific University Oregon (2010) and received an M.S. degree in communication studies from the University of Portland (2012). David is currently a Ph.D. student focusing on intercultural communication. His interest in the field is a result of passions regarding his cultural-ethnic heritage and identification as a Native Hawaiian. David's specific influences in intercultural communication at UNM come from topics such as identity, colonization discourses, and postcolonial frameworks. As a result, his research interests are cultural identification, identity negotiation, postcolonial theory, and critical intercultural communication. David hopes to understand the intersections of indigenous group social-historical discourses, cultural communication, and power in order to promote social justice. He enjoys performing many forms of communication research as well as instructing courses with a transformative and interactive philosophy. In his free time, David likes to run, cycle, hike, produce Native Hawaiian art, and write/perform poetry.
Consolata is from Kenya and received her B.A. in linguistics in 2002 from Moi University. In 2007, she graduated with an M.A. in organizational communication from Kean University in New Jersey. She has attended the National Communication Conference and major communication regional conferences. Her research interests are focused on intercultural communication, migration, transnationalism, feminist and gender studies. She has had the opportunity to teach public speaking at both Kean and UNM, as well as interviewing, communicating in organizations, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and mediation at UNM. Consolata's other interests are in conflict management and peace communication and she is currently a Graduate Assistant in the Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty office on campus.
Nicholas is a second-year doctoral student pursuing intercultural communication. Originally from Speedway, Indiana, Nicholas holds his B.S. in Informatics and M.A. in Applied Communication from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). At IUPUI, he was selected as an inaugural member of the Bepko Scholars program and continued on as a Bepko Fellow. He served with the U.S. State Department in The Netherlands as a political and economic counselor, and was inspired by his time abroad to pursue connections of communication theory to international applications and contexts. He has served as a research fellow at this alma mater, and his interests broadly include social construction approaches to communication and meaning-making in digital spaces. He has presented his work at conferences and published in both Russia and Poland. Nicholas teaches both online and face-to-face courses, including public speaking, at UNM.
Mónica joins us from Medellin, Colombia on a Fulbright Antioquia's University Professor Scholarship. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a Master's degree in Communication and Culture from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia. Mónica was a professor and researcher at the Universidad de Antioquia in the School of Communication. See her curriculum vitae.
Chad is working on his dissertation while working full time as the public information officer for the UNM-Valencia campus. He is also adjunct faculty for UNM-Valencia where he teaches communication courses (public speaking, introduction to mass communication, communication for teachers, writing for media, and news photography). He holds a B.S. in journalism from Kansas State University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Wichita State University. He worked as a journalist and a photojournalist for three years between his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After graduation from Wichita State, he moved to New Mexico where he pursued a career in public relations. Chad is accredited in public relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He served two terms on the PRSA’s Universal Accreditation Board and was involved with developing a computer based examination for the APR test. He has presented his research at numerous national and regional conferences. His dissertation focuses on the intersection of race, gender, nationality, and language in English as a Second Language programs in rural New Mexico.
Jelena came to the United States from Belgrade, Serbia, where she started her undergraduate studies at Belgrade University's School for Political Sciences. It is her belief that growing up in Belgrade, where she witnessed and was directly influenced by the ongoing political turmoil in her country, is the main reason she is committed to the study of mass communication and its role in a particular environment. After two years of attending the university in Belgrade, Jelena, who was also an athlete, continued her studies at Wichita State University, Kansas, on a track and field scholarship. At that university, she earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in communication. In 2009, she received the Snowy Owl and the Outstanding GTA awards from the WSU Elliott School of Communication. Before entering the M.A. program, Jelena interned at a Kansas newspaper, the Wichita Eagle. This experience directed her current research interests toward news cybergenres – their future and relationships with the traditional media, their audience and the society in which they develop.
Alexis is originally from Manitou Springs, Colo. After spending one year at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., he moved back to Fort Collins, Colo. He graduated from Colorado State University with his B.A. in speech communication and his M.A. in communication studies. His degrees focused on digital media, virtual cultures, postmodern narratives and feminist studies. His research interests focus on how media are being utilized today and what potential arises from the new uses of this media. As a philosophy, Alexis spends his time outside academics participating in every outdoor sport he can involve himself in, and he is excited to snowboard and golf in the same day.
As a doctoral student, Angela’s focus area is culture and communication, and her research interests include racial and group identity and communication in interracial relationships. She holds a B.A. in organizational communication from Western Michigan University and an M.A. in organizational communication, also from Western Michigan University. Her most recent publication in the International and Intercultural Communication Annual is on Mexican American first-generation community college students living in a border community. Angela comes to UNM after teaching communication courses full time for the past eight years at two community colleges in Texas. She is originally from the suburbs of Detroit, and is an avid supporter of all Detroit teams.
Huan (Irene) Ran
Originally from China, Irene was an experienced journalist at China Central Television in Beijing. She is also a senior educational consultant to facilitate study-abroad and cross-cultural communication programs between China and the United States. She earned her MA degree in the School of Journalism at University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009. Her MA research focused on strategic communication of multinational corporations in China with Chinese government and media organizations during a specific time, Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 summer. For her doctoral studies with concentration on Intercultural Communication at UNM, she is going to combine her background of mass media and strategic communication, and implement survey and content analysis methods to examine Chinese national media organizations' integrated marketing communications planning in an overseas market, and its effects on media counterparts with different culture and values.
Audrey returned to higher education for doctoral studies after working 15 years in health communication, health literacy, and plain language. She is the CEO of a consulting firm which serves the medical and public health communities, government agencies (such as the National Cancer Institute), universities, health systems, health publishers, and others who communicate specialized information to the public. Her firm, Plain Language Works, offers special expertise in reaching people with less than a high school education. PLW received ten awards for excellent documents in the National Institutes of Health Plain Language competition. Audrey received seven Pfizer Health Literacy Visiting Lecturer/Professor Grants through a nationally competitive process. She presents regularly at national and international conferences on health literacy and the role of plain language in health communication. Her earlier professional years were in adult basic education. Audrey’s M.A. is in adult learning/training technologies from UNM. She teaches public speaking in the C&J department. Audrey’s research interests include addressing health literacy as a public health issue, strategies for teaching health competence skills to the general public in culturally appropriate ways, and examining power structures and the culture of medicine inhealth care settings.
Mercedes received her B.A. in journalism and mass communication with an emphasis in advertising from the University of New Mexico in 2003. She went on to pursue an M.S. degree in health education from Utah State University. Before continuing her studies at UNM, Mercedes worked as an academic adviser and adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University. Mercedes' research interests are in health communication, in particular the relationship between media and body image.
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Lynn is originally from Los Angeles, Calif., but has been a New Mexico resident since 1980. She received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union and her M.S. in health education from the University of New Mexico in 2003. Lynn Walters' primary area of study is health education, with a focus on prevention research, and keen interests in nonverbal communication, experiential pedagogy, and program evaluation. Lynn is founder and executive director of an experiential food and nutrition education program that engages elementary school students in hands-on learning with fresh affordable foods from diverse cultures. She is co-project director for a four-year research and extension project funded by USDA in 2006: "Cooking with Kids: Integrating Classroom, Cafeteria and Family Experiences." Her program website is at www.cookingwithkids.net.
Erin grew up in Laurel, Maryland, which is halfway between Washington DC and Baltimore. Having had great exposure to the dynamic diversity and culture that comes from living within and close to metropolitan areas Erin has long been concerned about issues related to cultural intersections and identity. Her early interests led her to the completion of a B.A. at the University of Maryland in American Studies and Sociology in 2007. Erin worked for three years in higher education administration and later followed her lingering academic curiosities to a M.A. in Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012. She has taught courses on public speaking, business communication and inter group dialogue on cultural diversity. Erin's current research interests revolve around improving intercultural communication, racial issues, media portrayals and advancing social justice. She also loves all types of travel, discovering new music, and occasionally indulging her theatrical side.
Olga received a B.A. in communication studies from CSU, Stanislaus, and an M.A. from San Francisco State. Olga's research interests focus on cultural mechanisms of normalization and non-violent methods of resistance. Using a variety of qualitative methods, she investigates how culture affects what people consider normal, acceptable, or desirable (especially in relation to gender and sexuality) and how, at specific sociocultural conjunctures, those ideological prescriptions do not become articulated. Due to her cultural heritage, Olga concentrates predominantly on Russia. Olga's previous research projects include studies on perceptions of Russian women on feminism; Russian masculinities; (re)construction of (homo)sexuality in the country; analysis of the intersection of gender, nationality, and social class in articulations of identities of Russian elite women; female sex tourism; patterns of production and distribution of social and cultural knowledge in the media; cultural pedagogy; and diasporic communities. Many of these studies were presented at regional, national, and international conferences. Olga is also interested in critical and feminist pedagogy.
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