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2018 ICA Fellows

Posted By Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barbara), Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Board of Directors approved 22 notable scholars to be Fellows of the International Communication Association. This accomplishment is due in large part to the engagement of Divisions and Interest Groups that nominated deserving scholars from among their members, and to the assistance of several Fellows and ICA staff. We hope and expect that this momentum will be maintained in the future. The “Class of 2018” ICA Fellows are:

The synopses below are excerpted from nomination letters for each candidate. ICA greatly appreciates the care, thoughtfulness, and far-ranging commentary and evidence that were contained in these letters. 

Michael X. Delli Carpini  (Ph.D., U of Minnesota, 1980, Dean and Professor, The Annenberg School for Communication, U of Pennsylvania)

Dr. Delli Carpini is a leader in the field of Political Communication, exploring the influence of media and communication on the democratic engagement of citizens. Beginning with his award-winning book, What Americans Know about Politics and Why it Matters (1996), which has been identified as in the top 1% of most highly cited works in the Social Sciences, his work has played a significant role in shaping academic and public discourse surrounding the relationships among traditional and emerging media and the role of the citizen in politics. He has published five books, four edited volumes, 30 journal articles, 40 book chapters, and nearly three dozen reports, essays, reviews, and editorials, garnering more than 14,000 citations. He has received numerous teaching and research awards that recognize the originality, vision, and influence of his research including the highly prestigious Murray Edelman Career Achievement Award. His sustained study of citizenship stands alongside a career of practicing citizenship – to our professional associations, journals, students and civil society. In 2004, he was chair for the ICA conference theme, “Communication in the Public Interest.” He has built bridges to practitioners, other academic fields, and the public, as well providing an infrastructure for ICA initiatives and serving as an advisor to several global communication programs. His service contributions include Chair of the Pew Research Center Governing Board. He has played important intellectual, brokerage, and leadership roles throughout his career, building a powerful and diverse network of scholars that enhances our field’s research, our institutions, and our outreach efforts.

William P. Eveland  (Ph.D., U of Wisconsin‐Madison, 1997, Professor, The Ohio State U)  

Dr. Eveland’s research centers on how and why people engage in political communication behaviors and the implications of these communication behaviors for outcomes such as political knowledge, political participation, support for democratic norms, and political polarization. His most recent research emphasizes the role of interpersonal communication networks in exposure to disagreement along partisan as well as racial lines. His contributions to our discipline, built around a theoretically rich and methodologically innovative research agenda, have always tackled critical questions in mass and political communication. The significance of this work is reflected in the numerous awards and honors he has received including the 2003 ICA Young Scholar Award and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2007 Hillier Krieghbaum Under‐40 Award, and the Best Published Article of 2005 Award given by the ICA Political Communication division.  His sustained high‐impact scholarship, his rigorous intellectual commitments, his service to ICA and the field, and his mentorship of the next generation of scholars are what make him one of the most highly respected, highly cited and influential scholar in political communication. His dedication to the discipline, to training outstanding doctoral students, and to raising the level of conceptual clarity and methodological rigor in important and difficult areas is exemplary, and has been a model for students and colleagues over the past few decades.

Gerard Goggin  (Ph.D., The U of Sydney, 1999, Professor, The U of Sydney)

Dr. Goggin is one of the founding scholars of the important and burgeoning field of mobile communication. He has become a recognized figure in media studies generally and in disability and mobile communication studies in particular. His arguments and conclusions are an acknowledged part of the corpus of social scientific and cultural understanding of mobile phenomena and are absolutely pivotal in the area of disability studies. He is a highly productive scholar whose research is of the highest quality and consequence, whilst at the same time, at both the substantive and administrative levels, has shown a profound commitment to equality and fairness. His publication outputs include an impressive 17 books (3 sole-authored monographs; 4 co-authored monographs; 10 edited volumes) over 150 refereed papers and book chapters. He received the highly prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to explore new media and disability. His co-authored book Disability in Australia was awarded the 2005 Arts Non-Fiction award by the Australian Human Rights Commission and was adopted in the Australian Parliament to discuss policies around disability and technology. He is a tireless and generous mentor to many scholars within the field of digital culture. He also has a twenty-year involvement in communications and telecommunications policy, including appointments as a board member of the Disability Studies and Research Institute (DsaRI), foundation board member of the Australian Consumer Communication Action Network (ACCAN), and deputy chair of the self-regulatory body Telephone Information Services Standards Council (TISSC).

Stewart Hoover (Ph.D., U of Pennsylvania, 1985, Professor, U of Colorado at Boulder)

Dr. Hoover’s research lies at the intersection of media audience studies, sociology of religion and religious studies, and the anthropology of religion. His contributions as a scholar, as a teacher and mentor, and as an institution builder have all been key factors in ensuring that communication and media scholarship have been able to play a central role in furthering the understanding of some of the most important challenges of the contemporary world. Having thoroughly examined the landscape of religious media in the late 20th century, he was able to bring a historically-grounded perspective to the study of the 21st century conditions wrought by the Internet and social media. He is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of 12 books and more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has received more than US$2 million in grant funding in support of his research. His methodological range has encompassed quantitative survey studies and more qualitative field-based research as well as larger scale cultural and societal analyses. He has served as the founding President of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture. Given the absolutely central role of religion as a social, cultural and political force in the modern world, it is gratifying that communication and media scholars are able to provide insight and wisdom that illuminate the challenges and opportunities we face. In this regard, he is unquestionably our leading scholar and representative.  

Dana Mastro (Ph.D., Michigan State U, 2000, Professor, U of California, Santa Barbara)

Dr. Mastro is a leader in mass communication research and has shaped the social scientific examination of how media portray underrepresented groups and influence people’s perceptions of these groups, particularly Latinx, in U.S. culture. She has advanced scholarship in this area through her well-designed studies of the media’s role in shaping real-world interracial/interethnic dynamics. Her work is theoretically rich, methodologically sophisticated, and socially relevant as the imbalance of racial/ethnic representations in media messages persists. She triangulates quantitative content analysis, survey, and experimental methods, using self-report, implicit, and physiological measures to investigate media influence on cognitions and intergroup relations. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. She has invested considerably in conducting socially significant research that, in addition to making scientific contributions, informs sponsoring agencies and publics about the importance of mediated communication in reflecting and shaping racial/ethnic identity and intergroup perceptions. She is an exceptional and inspirational mentor and advisor to students as well as to her peers. In 2015 she was awarded the National Communication Association Mass Communication Division Teaching Award.  She has also been very active in her service to the discipline. She has served as a member of the editorial board of eight journals and was the Secretary for the Mass Communication Division of ICA and the Chair of the Mass Communication Division of NCA.


Gianpietro Mazzoleni  (Ph.D., U of Rome, 1974, Professor U of Milan)

Dr. Mazzoleni is one of the very few internationally renowned experts in Italian political communication and media. The significance of his theoretical work on mediatization and media populism is globally recognized.  He first gained the attention of communication science through his groundbreaking article “Media Logic and Party Logic in Campaign Coverage: The Italian General Election 1983” in the European Journal of Communication (1987). He is the author, co-author, and editor of numerous books in Italian and in English, notably he was Editor-in-Chief of The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Wiley 2016). Other of his books in English include Journalists and Media Accountability (2014), The Politics of Representation (2004), The Media in Europe (2004), and The Media and Neo-Populism (2003). He has published some one hundred book chapters, research articles, essays, reviews and commentaries, many of them in leading refereed academic journals throughout the world. He has served as chair and vice chair of  ICA’s Political Communication Division, chair of ICA’s Nominating Committee, chaired the Euromedia Research Group for six years, and is currently President of the Italian Association of Political Communication. He deserves enormous gratitude for his tireless activity of institution building aimed at creating research networks and encouraging cooperation among scholars. In 2007 he founded  the Summer School in Political Communication and Electoral Behaviour, which is now organized in co-partnership with U of Milan and the Political Communication Division of ICA.

Sheila Murphy (Ph.D., U of Michigan, 1990, Professor, U of Southern California)

Dr. Murphy's work has centered on the intersections of health and communication with a special focus on how minorities can be better served by media. Her research ranges from interest in strategic communication, to media portrayals of minorities and the impact of these portrayals, to concerns about increasing diversity and equity in health information and cultural sensitivity. She has been a pioneer using new methods and technologies. Over two decades ago she investigated the use of multimedia platforms for advancing safe-sex. She was the first investigator of narrative persuasion to produce her own short films for research collaborating with professional film-makers to prepare experimental stimuli. She is innovative not only in her research but is known for her institutional innovation. For many years she has been one of the leading forces behind the Hollywood Health & Society initiative that has helped bring together major players in the entertainment industry and medical experts in the hope of ensuring that medical information in media content is as accurate as possible. Because of the quality and quantity of her theoretically-driven applied communication research the American Public Health Association awarded her the Everett M. Rogers Award in 2015 for her scholarly achievements in health communication research. In addition to regularly publishing in top communication and health journals, she has attained millions of dollars in federal funding to support her work. Her impact as a researcher is not limited to her scholarly publications, it includes excellent mentorship and training of young scholars.  

Peter Neijens (Ph.D., U of Amsterdam, 1987, Professor, U of Amsterdam)

Dr. Neijens’ research interests include persuasive communication, focusing on media uses and effects in the realm of advertising and public opinion. His work has yielded many original insights on the role of (new) media including eWOM, digital advertising, and augmented reality. His innovative articles have garnered several awards including the Worcester Prize of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research (1997), the Baschwitz (2016), and the Dutch EMMA Award for the best research in the field of Media & Advertising (1996, 1999). He was awarded the first NeFCA Career Award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in Communication Science. This award recognizes Dutch and Belgian scholars who have shown substantive and quantifiable contributions, scientific as well as societal, to the field of communication studies in the Netherlands and Flanders. He is one of the founders and has served as scientific director of the internationally renowned research institute, the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). In this capacity, he has been highly influential in advancing communication scholarship conducted within the Netherlands. Beyond serving as ASCoR’s scientific director for a decade, he founded and directed the Graduate School of Communication. He has been editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research and is a member of numerous editorial boards, including ICA’s Annals of the International Communication Association. He has been an important presence at our annual meetings, and a valued member of our Association’s community.

Dan O'Keefe (Ph.D., U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1976, Owen L. Coon Professor of Argumentation and Debate, Northwestern U)

Dr. O’Keefe’s research focuses on organizing and synthesizing the substantial body of work derived from persuasion studies—the effects of messages on persuasion and the distinctive problems associated with the development of dependable generalizations about persuasive message effects. Since his first publication 43 years ago, he has averaged just over two new scholarly works every year–most appearing in our field’s flagship journals and other top-flight outlets. This productivity includes a well-known and respected book on persuasion, as well as various meta-analyses, commentaries, and essays addressing key areas of research relevant to communication researchers including gain/loss framing, message research design, guilt appeals, argumentation, and research methodology. He has received an impressive list of research awards from the International Communication Association and National Communication Association, as well as the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, and the American Forensic Association. The enduring quality of his research and insight is exceptional. He published his book on persuasion theory and research in 1990, a book now in its third edition (2016). This book is widely used and continues to be updated, often cited as an authoritative source and review of persuasion research by people within the fields of communication, psychology, public health, medicine, human-computer interaction, and other allied fields. In 2016 he was awarded the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern U.

Hee Sun Park (Ph.D., U of California, Santa Barbara, 2003, Professor, Korea U)

Dr. Park’s is an influential leader in several sub-fields of the communication discipline. Her research integrates the study of intercultural communication with interpersonal and health communication, as found in her work on apologies, organ donation, attitude change, and politeness. In addition, her research on deception detection has produced significant results on detection accuracy and the process that people use to detect lies. Her work on the veracity effect—the bias that people have to overjudge the truth of a statement or a behavior, and thereby to underestimate the proportion of lie—has resulted in critical studies that elucidate this interpersonal process. Dr. Park’s scholarly record is outstanding: She has published 101 refereed journal articles as well as two book chapters. Her publications appear in the premier general journals of the communication discipline, including a large number of articles in outlets specializing in intercultural communication and health communication. She has received top paper or distinguished article awards from ICA divisions seven times and from NCA divisions ten times, and is a former recipient of the ICA Young Scholar Award. Professor Park’s recognition as a scholar and her service to the discipline are also evidenced by her editorial board service. She has served on the boards of nine journals, including three leading journals in intercultural communication and three general journals of our discipline.

Stephen Reese (Ph.D., U of Wisconsin at Madison, 1982, Jesse H. Jones Professor, U of Texas as Austin)

Dr. Reese is a leading theorist of political communication, media sociology, and the factors that shape media content. His early survey and experimental approaches to political communication provided studies of learning from news, media reliance, and attitudes toward technology. This work transitioned into addressing press performance more directly with a critical sociology of journalism approach, particularly within a globalized news arena. Along the way he has contributed both empirical insights and more synthetic theoretical overviews that add broader explication of concepts, leading to over 12,000 citations to his work. The breadth and impact of his work is far ranging. His publications include four authored or edited books, 20+ chapters, and 50+ articles. Bridging both quantitative and qualitative perspectives, his most important work has centered on media sociology, news framing, and media globalization. His primary contributions are related theories of framing, agenda setting and gatekeeping. He has also contributed to our understanding of the journalistic paradigm and how it is evolving. Taken together, his scholarly writings give us a larger understanding of both media and public spheres. For his innovative contributions he is one of only five scholars to have received both the Krieghbaum Under-40 Award and the Paul Deutschmann Career Award for excellence in research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Rajiv Rimal (Ph.D., Stanford U, 1995, Professor, George Washington U)

Dr. Rimal is best known for his important contributions to health communication scholarship, particularly the development of new theory on both social norms and risk perception. He is the author of the Theory of Normative Social Behavior, which has been been applied in a variety of settings to understand and subsequently make an impact in social normative change. His work has centered around identifying the ways in which communication campaigns influence personal and social change, understanding the roles that social systems play in influencing behaviors, and on the ways in which risk and efficacy perceptions can be influenced through communication. He has an excellent publication record in the premier journals in our field but also in diverse journals in public health (including the prestigious Lancet Global Health and the World Health Organization Bulletin). His bold and programmatic research on social norms has resulted in high citation indices, awards in both our discipline and public health, and recognition by external funding organizations. He is the recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award in Public Health Education and Health Promotion, awarded by the American Public Health Association. His mentoring challenges people to be thoughtful about our scholarship and decisions. What may not be apparent from his vita, is that many of his publications include students at all levels as well as many junior faculty members. His ability to engage in intellectual discussion with colleagues at all levels is one of his strengths and something that distinguishes him from other scholars.


Kim Christian Schrøder (MA Aarhus U,  Professor, Roskilde U)

Professor Schrøder has written on a host of subjects ranging from Facebook interactions relative to museums to the avoidance of news, from public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, new media and communication to the theoretical and methodological aspects of qualitative audience research. His work is both prolific and penetrating and  has commanded interest from numerous sub-groupings of communication scholars as well as policymakers. His crossing over between public, media, and scholarly spheres has yielded fruitful results. He has examined the scope of freedom of expression as well as threats to it. This line of work has led to his receipt of the George Orwell award for his Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.  This award was given by the National Council of Teachers of English specifically recognizing his path-breaking book, The Language of Advertising (1985).  He has also been highly engaged in service to the field including being Co-director of DREAM (Danish Research Centre for Education and Advanced Media Materials) and Co-founder of CoMundus, the Erasmus Mundus Programme: European Master in Media and Communication. In 2013 he was designated a Knight of the Dannebrog Order, awarded by the Queen of Denmark for “meritorious civil or military service, for a particular contribution to the arts, sciences or business life or for those working for Danish interests.” Most recently, he has received a fellowship at Oxford’s prestigious Reuters Institute.

Michael Schudson (Ph.D., Harvard U, 1976, Professor, Columbia U)

Dr. Schudson is one of the leading cultural sociologists and communication scholars of our time, His scholarship provides a rich, impeccably researched and provocatively argued picture of the landscapes on which cultural practice takes shape, crafting a textured understanding of the internal and external contingencies that go into its making. Not only has he productively complicated our understanding of culture and communication, but he has transformed the state of journalism’s study in our field, deeply embedding it in a rich socio-cultural and historical context that is the earmark for thinking about its content, form and evolution. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others concerning the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, Watergate and cultural memory. He is the recipient of a number of honors; he has been a Guggenheim fellow, a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellow.  His book, Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers (1978) remains a seminal examination of the penny press, translated into Italian, Chinese, and Portuguese and recipient of the ICA Fellows Book Award in 2016. The book constituted one of the first major studies to address the critical/cultural aspects of journalism’s evolution, and it offset much of the core of then-existing more celebratory scholarship on US news, melding journalism with the political, technological, social and economic environments with which it coexisted. The book remains one of the singly most-cited publications from our discipline and elsewhere in the academy.

Maureen Taylor (Ph.D., Purdue U, 1996, Beaman Professor and Director - School of Advertising and Public Relations, U of Tennessee)

Dr. Taylor’s scholarship lies at the intersection of public relations, issues management, and organizational communication. Her pioneering approach draws from research on organizational relationships, stakeholders, strategic management, networks, and diplomacy. Throughout her career she has utilized a network ecology framework to position global public relations in communication theory and in the larger frame of the social sciences. She had the foresight to enter into areas of diplomacy, nation  building, and global stakeholder engagement from a communication-centered approach and her work has had both short- and long-term theoretical and practical impact. She also has expertly brought her network approach to work on global ethical values in business and professional associations. She has mapped the structure of public relations associations’ international networks and has dealt seriously with the ethical issues associated with public relations professionalism. She has published four edited books and three special issues, 62 journal articles and 27 book chapters. In 2010, she received the Pathfinder Award, presented by the Institute for Public Relations in recognition of her “original program of scholarly research that has made a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice of public relations.” As a mentor and teacher, she has contributed to the global scope of the study of public relations and has received two teaching awards. Her contribution have also served the discipline in terms of building academic connections throughout the world. She has played an important leadership role in Public Relations as both an editor and officer in the ICA Public Relations Division.

Esther Thorson (Ph.D., U of Minnesota, 1975, Professor, Michigan State U)

Dr. Thorson has had a tremendous impact on persuasion studies, particularly in the context of advertising, the internet, and newspaper management and perceptions of news quality. A prolific scholar, she has published more than 100 referred articles, more than 40 books chapters, and wrote or edited 12 books. For more than 35 years, her research has been at the cutting edge of the intersection between communication, advertising, and psychology. One of her first research programs applied psychological principles of perception and cognition to understand how people process advertising messages. This research helped set the stage for the emergence of media psychology as an area of within our discipline. Her co-edited volume Interactive Advertising established the agenda for research on advertising and the internet. Her research has been cited close to 9,000 times and has received countless awards. Esther was a trailblazer for female scholars in advertising, and is still the only female fellow in the American Academy of Advertising. In 2008 she received the “Outstanding Woman of the Year in Journalism Education” from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Commission on the Status of Women. She has also received  the American Academy of Advertising’s Outstanding Contribution to Research Award.  She is an active reviewer for ICA journals and presented over 80 papers at ICA conferences. She has been an excellent mentor and teacher. She will be directing her 50th dissertation this year. In 2004 she received the American Advertising Federation Distinguished Advertising Education Award.

Anita Vangelisti (Ph.D., U of Texas, 1989, Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor of Communication, U of Texas at Austin)

Dr. Vangelisti’s scholarship focuses broadly on interpersonal communication and relationships, addressing the associations between communication and emotion in the context of close, personal relationships. She has a knack for identifying/conceptualizing important communication phenomena (e.g., hurtful communication, family secrets) and then conducting a series of sustained, well-conceived studies that offer insights and motivate additional inquiry by her colleagues in communication and allied disciplines. Based on metrics, she clearly has established an impressive record of scholarship. Her works have been cited over 5,000 times; 17 of her articles and chapters have been cited 100 or more times and 33 have been cited 50 or more times. Throughout her career she has received many awards attesting to the quality and impact of her research. In 2008, she was named a Distinguished Scholar and in 2016 she received the association-wide Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication from of the National Communication Association. ICA has benefitted from her service contributions, as have other professional associations. She has chaired ICA’s Publications Committee, as well as serving as a frequent reviewer, panel chair, respondent, and as a member of top dissertation selection committees. She is  a past president and a Fellow of the International Association for Relationship Research. She has also been recognized for outstanding teaching and mentorship. Amongst other awards, she received the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from the U of Texas System.

Betteke van Ruler (Ph.D., Radboud U, 1996, Professor, U of Amsterdam)

Dr. van Ruler has been at the forefront of the theoretical development of the field of public relations and strategic management. Highly respected among public relations and organizational scholars in Communication and related disciplines and honored by professional associations and practitioners, Professor van Ruler has not only been a central figure in bringing a cross-national and global perspectives to the study of public relations, she has been a dynamic force in transforming the theoretical and communicative frames that typified the study and practice of public relations. Moving from the traditional American-centric managerial view of the Public Relations field, she has been instrumental in the reframing of public relations as a reflexive process that is embedded in society at large and whose research must be grounded in the theoretical insights of social theory, the methodological rigor of social scientists, and the practical and ethical concerns of civil society. She has been extremely prolific throughout her career. She has authored or co-edited 11 books in English and more than 20 books in Dutch, published over 100 articles and  dozens of encyclopedia entries and short pieces in professional outlets. She is an institution builder, working tirelessly in both academic and practitioner settings, mentoring scholars and PR professionals to enhance the identity and scholarly integrity and professionalism of public relations and strategic communication. She was President of European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), and co-founder of the European Communication Monitor.

Silvio Waisbord (Ph.D., U of California, San Diego, 1993, Professor and Associate Director School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington U)

Dr. Waisbord is one of the preeminent scholars in comparative and international studies of journalism and political communication as he has made significant contributions to the study of media performance and the role of journalism in democratic governance. He is among the very few scholars in the international scientific community who have published on media in Latin America in English. He applies a political-economic perspective to account for the tremendous changes of globalisation for the regulation of communication. He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries, published 13 books and written over 100 journal articles, book chapters and newspaper columns. In 2017 he received the AEJMC-Knudson Latin America Prize, for Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Reform in Latin America. He serves on the advisory board of the Latin American program of Open Society Foundations. He has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Communication and the International Journal of Press/Politics and he has served on many boards of international including journals in the US, UK, Brazil, and Italy. For many years he was the organiser and intellectual motor of the International Journal of Press/Politics and his insights and judgments were responsible for the flourishing of these journals and for their high quality and their excellent scientific agenda. Moreover, he has served on endless evaluation committees, editorial boards, advisory bodies and thereby invested enormous time and personal energy for making the profession a better one.


Rene Weber (Ph.D., Berlin U of Technology, 2000, M.D. RWTH U Aachen, 2008, Professor, U of California, Santa Barbara)

Through his substantial and prolific record of research in the area of communication neuroscience, he has made important contributions to our field. His research program focuses on complex cognitive responses to mass communication, video games, and new technology media messages. He has earned both the Ph.D. and an M.D., providing him with a key combination of training in support of his development of theories that help us better understand the dynamic interactions between the human brain and mediated messages. He was the first communication scholar to regularly use fMRI methodologies to investigate a series of different media effects, from the impact of violence in video games to the effectiveness of anti-drug PSAs. He has published four books, 58 journal articles and 40 book chapters.  His research has been supported by grants from national scientific foundations in the United States and Germany, as well as through private philanthropies and industry contracts. The international significance of work is evidenced  by several top paper awards, and the “Outstanding Article” from  the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He  has been a high profile public representative for communication science within the academy and the general public. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Communication. He was the founder of the Communication Science and Biology Interest Group and served as its first Chair, helping to develop a sense of community among its members. He also served as Vice Chair/Chair of the Mass Communication Division.

Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick (Ph.D., U of Music, Drama, & Media Hannover, 1999, Professor, The Ohio State U)

Dr. Knobloch-Westerwick’s research focuses on media selection, uses and effects in  
political communication, health communication, news, and entertainment. She is easily one of the most active and visible scholars in the discipline. She routinely publishes in the top journals in the field, she produces scholarship that advances theorizing, and she is active in her service. Her program of research is a dizzying task, as its volume and growth are unparalleled. She has published 118 articles and book chapters, as well as three books. The reach of her work goes far beyond the field of communication and is made public through her countless interviews for news and media outlets. Her work and insights have been covered in such important venues as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News World Now, and the Huffington Post, among many, many other publications. Importantly, virtually all of these interviews and news stories concern the implications of her research findings for communication praxis rather than interviews and stories concerning her views on topics not directly related to her research. Through this coverage, she  brings favorable light not only to her own research, but to the field at large. In a time when academic endeavors are often questioned, such public scholarship is particularly crucial. She has been the Chair of the ICA nomination committee and has been an editor of Media Psychology and co-editor of Communication Research.

Jonathan Zhu (Ph.D., Indiana U, 1990, Chair and Professor, City U of Hong Kong)

Dr.  Zhu has made important scholarly contributions to political communication research, new media studies, and computational communication research. His highly respected and oft-cited research involves the growth of online social networks, sustainability of social media, diffusion and use of social computing, and the internationalization of communication research. He has played a leading and fruitful role in connecting communication research with scholarly research in many other disciplines. His research is theoretically rich and methodologically rigorous and innovative, he is an important disciplinary boundary-spanner. His work has been recognized within the communication field and beyond, and he has made substantial and sustained contributions to the development of ICA and to the discipline. He is an active and key proponent of internationalizing communication research in the greater China region. He was one of the founding members and a former President (2004-06) of the U.S.-based Chinese Communication Association, which is now an affiliated organization of ICA. He is the Director of Centre for Communication Research and Founder of Web Mining Lab at City U of Hong Kong. He has trained 10 Ph.D. students with a specialty in computational social science, who are now working as university faculty members or web data scientists in Hong Kong, mainland China, the Middle East, and the USA. They account for a significant share of the first generation of computational communication scholars around the world. In 2017 he received his university’s Outstanding Supervisor Award for his exemplary work in mentoring.

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