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Welcome to the web home of the Media and Communication (M&C) doctoral program at Temple University, an interdisciplinary program based in the School of Media and Communication.

Our faculty and students conduct communication research on a wide range of topics, especially in the areas of globalization, new media, cultural studies, and media effects. Our award-winning faculty members, drawn from all four academic departments in the School, are active scholars with international reputations. Our students regularly present their research at communication and other conferences, publish their work in respected journals, and win national awards for graduate-student teaching.

For more than 30 years, our program-based in Philadelphia, a multicultural city that is the nation’s #4 media market-has prepared students for academic careers in teaching and research. Today, more than 150 of our alumni hold positions as faculty, administrators, and communication policy researchers across the world. We invite you to find out more about their experiences and about our program’s possibilities.

NAME CHANGE: Until December 11, 2012, our program was named “Mass Media & Communication (MM&C).” On that date the Temple University Board of Trustees approved our request to change our name to Media & Communication (M&C). Why the change? In addition to avoiding confusion with the recently changed name of the School, since the program was established in the early 1990s the focus of its curriculum and the scholarship conducted by its faculty and students has broadened far beyond “mass” media to include interpersonal media including the internet, social media, video games, virtual and augmented reality, etc. (and of course doesn’t always involve technology-mediated communication at all). So the new name, Media & Communication, reflects this change and more accurately reflects what we do. In the days and weeks ahead the name change will be reflected throughout the university’s online communications.

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M&C Student Sam Srauy Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Sam Srauy, who successfully defended his dissertation on April 10, 2014. The title of his dissertation is “Speaking About Race: Biopower and Racism in the Videogame Landscape.” The members of his dissertation examination committee were Jan Fernback (Chair), Nancy Morris, Hector Postigo, and Casey O’Donnell (Michigan State University; outside reader).

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M&C Alum Paul D’Angelo Publishes Article(s)

Congratulations to Paul D’Angelo (M&C, 2002), Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at The College of New Jersey. Paul is the lead co-author of “Framing of AIDS in Africa: Press-state relations, HIV-AIDS news, and journalistic advocacy in four sub-Saharan Anglophone newspapers,” published in Politics and the Life Sciences (2013, vol. 33, no. 2). Also, Paul has two co-authored articles in press: “Metacoverage and mediatization in U.S. presidential elections: A theoretical model and qualitative case study” will be published in Journalism Practice (2014, vol. 8, no. 4), and a book chapter entitled “Mediatization of campaign coverage: Metacoverage of U.S. elections” will be published in a volume called Mediatization of politics: Understanding the transformation of Western democracies (edited by Frank Esser and Jesper Stronback; Basingstroke: Palgrave Macmillan). Finally, Paul will be presenting a co-authored paper at the upcoming International Communication Association (ICA) conference in Seattle entitled “Crisis, credibility, and the press: A priming model of news evaluation.”

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M&C Student Carrie Teresa Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to M&C student Carrie Teresa, who successfully defended her dissertation on April 9, 2014. The title of her dissertation is “Looking at the Stars: The Black Press, African American Celebrity Culture and Critical Citizenship in Early Twentieth Century America, 1895-1935.” The members of her dissertation examination committee were Carolyn Kitch (Dissertation Chair), Andrew Mendelson, Susan Jacobson (Florida International University), and Linn Washington (Department of Journalism; outside reader).

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