Students publish papers from doctoral seminar

A Fall 2011 special topic course inspired at least two Media and Communication doctoral students to submit their class papers for consideration and to earn publication in academic journals.

The course, “Social Identity and ‘Difference’ in Mediated Representations and Organizations,” was taught by Donnalyn Pompper, associate professor of strategic communication. She encouraged students to focus on the role of mass media and other forms of public communication in the shaping of social identity. Students explored intersecting dimensions of culture, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and more to better understand issues of “difference” in relation to media and organizations.

First, M&C student David Crider secured publication in the Journal of Radio & Audio Media for his paper, “For Those (Men) About to Rock: Rock Radio and the Crisis of Masculinity.”

Next, M&C student Maxine Gesualdi scored publication in a “Contemporary Politics of Gender” special issue of the Journal of Communication Inquiry for her paper, “Man Tears and Masculinities: News Coverage of John Boehner’s Tearful Episodes.”

“This is what we are built to do in M&C,” explained Pompper. “Doctoral faculty members seek opportunities to inspire students early and often. This not only puts students in good stead for a competitive job market, but inspires a life-long passion for research and theory building.”

Graduate students interested in having the “Social Identity and ‘Difference’ in Mediated Representations and Organizations” special topics course run again soon should contact Pompper at