Doctoral Students 2020

Tammy Bosley
Tammy Bosley

she/her/hers
tbosley5@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Interpersonal Communication (with an emphasis on Health)

I am studying how people in Facebook Groups provide social support to maintain regular exercise.

My advisor is Dr. Nichole Egbert.

 

 

Julaine Clunis
 Julaine Clunis

she/her/hers
jclunis@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Knowledge Organization

I am studying topics related to knowledge organization, linked data, machine learning, semantic web technologies, ontologies, and health informatics. In particular, I'm interested in how knowledge organization systems can be applied to healthcare research and applications, further enhance and enable improved patient-centered health care systems and services, as well as enable usability and interoperability.

My advisor is Dr. Marcia Zeng.

 

Maggie Cogar
Maggie Cogar

she/her/hers
maggiecogar@gmail.com

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I study mass communication theory and its connection to journalistic practice. My current dissertation research examines student journalist comfort level in publishing controversial content related to other factors (including level of perceived administrative censorship and inherent individual likeliness to self-censor).

I am working with Dr. Tang Tang, Dr. Gretchen Hoak, Professor Mark Goodman, Professor Candace Bowen.

Personal website: mcogar.wordpress.com

 

Carla Everstijn
Carla Everstijn

she/her/hers
ceversti@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying the sustainability of local journalism and the civil diminishment of journalists in the US and abroad. I am also researching state-media relations and the role of journalists in Russia and other post-communist states.

My advisor is Dr. Chance York.

Personal Website: https://ceversti.wixsite.com/ceverstijn

 

Mollie Hartup
Mollie Hartup

she/her/hers
mhartup@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

Through my work developing Casual Conversation Theory, I am studying communicative practices in organizations that foster and inhibit knowledge exchange. I am also interested in how students and professionals navigate decisions surrounding personal and mediated communication. My work tends to be situated in higher education settings.

My advisor is Dr. Miriam Matteson.

 

Toqa Hassan
Toqa Hassan

she/her/hers
thassan@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying how parents and children communicate. Specifically, how parents shape children's understanding of the world. I am also interested in how children born in the U.S. explain American culture to their immigrant parents.

My advisor is Dr. Chance York. I am also working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Cheryl Ann Lambert and Dr. Mina Choi.

 

Jake Kucek
Jake Kucek

he/him/his
jkucek1@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying sports communication in relation to mass media. Specifically, my research interests are in identification of athletes, fans, teams, and organizational levels, as well as corporate social responsibility in sports. I conduct research on all major U.S. sporting associations, and eSports.

My advisor is Dr. Danielle Coombs and I have been a GA for Dr. Tang Tang.

Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/KucekOneDeuce

 

Yue Ming
Yue Ming

she/her/hers
yming@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Human Information Behavior

I am studying in health information behavior, mainly in health literacy and biostatistics.

My advisor is Dr. Miriam Matteson.

 

 

Kristen Piasecki
Kristen Piasecki

she/hier/hers
kpiaseck@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

Relying on critical cultural theory, I am studying the media representation (news media) of the three monotheistic, Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). I am studying media effects both in the West, and in the Middle East. I will also be studying the differences in free speech laws, and the impact this has on the media representations in the West and Middle East.

My advisor is Dr. Yesim Kaptan.

 

Ashley Spiker
Ashley Spiker

she/her/hers
anelso29@kent.edu 

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am studying political communication and the ways in which new media influence the process through which political messages and politicians are perceived and interpreted by media consumers. My other interests lie in media use and non-use behaviors, media adoption behaviors, and emotion’s role in media consumption.

My advisor is Dr. Chance York and I have been a GA for Dr. Tang Tang.

 

Adam Whiteside
Adam Whiteside

he/him/his
awhites3@kent.edu 

Primary Field of Study Area: Interpersonal Communication

I am currently studying discourse around gender, sex, and sexual violence within global and interpersonal contexts. I primarily am concerned with what impact dominant gender scripts have on sexual relations for young people (18-25). I also have also explored how history, socio-economic factors, culture, and mass media discourse potentially influence our understanding of sexual violence in other part of the world (e.g. India and South Africa).

My advisor and researcher I am working with is Dr. Suzy D’Enbeau.

 

Connor Wilcox
Connor Wilcox

he/him/his
cwilcox4@kent.edu 

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

I am focused on the intersection of culture, identity, and music. More specifically, I aim to explore the complex ways music-based subcultures construct knowledge, circulate meanings, and negotiate identities through communication. As a discipline, communication offers me an ideal set of theoretical tools for breaking apart and better understanding these nuanced social interactions and patterns.

My advisor is Dr. Cristin Compton.

 

Ying Zhu
Ying Zhu

she/her/hers 
yzhu28@kent.edu

Primary Field of Study Area: Media, Technology, and Society

My research interests are mainly in the fields of computer-mediated communication and communication education.

My advisor is Dr. Michael Beam and I have been a research assistant for Dr. David Silva.