University of Wisconsin, Department of Communication Arts

Wisconsin LogoWisconsin CampusThe Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been one of the world's leading centers for study and research in communication. It was the first department in the United States to award a Ph.D. degree in the field, and its graduates serve on the faculties of leading universities, in research institutions, and in public and private agencies throughout this country and abroad.

Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Communication Science
  • Film
  • Media & Cultural Studies
  • Rhetoric, Politics, & Culture

Admission Requirements 

  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE Scores
  • Transcripts
  • Writing Sample

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Robert Asen, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Assistant Professor Maria Belodubrovskaya, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Karma Chavez, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Associate Professor Kelley Conway, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Professor Jonathan Gray, Ph.D., University of London
  • Professor Michele Hilmes, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Robert Glenn Howard, Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • Assistant Professor Eric Hoyt, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Lea Jacobs, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Assistant Professor Derek Johnson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Jenell Johnson, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Vance Kepley, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Lori Lopez, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Professor Stephen Lucas, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Louise Mares, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Sara McKinnon, Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Assistant Professor Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., McGill University
  • Professor JJ Murphy, M.A., University of Iowa
  • Professor Zhongdang Pan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Associate Professor Ben Singer, Ph.D., New York University
  • Professor Jeff Smith, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor Catalina Toma, Ph.D., Cornell University
  • Associate Professor Lyn Van Swol, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Associate Professor Michael Xenos, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Professor Susan Zaeske, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

NCA Awards Received by Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, 2001, 2003
  • Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, 2004, 2010
  • Wallace Memorial Award, 2001, 2013

Rankings

NCA 2004 Reputational Study  

  • #16 of 39 programs in Interpersonal-Small Group Communication

Neuendorf, et al., 2007  

  • #1 of 28 Communication Doctoral Degree Programs

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs  

  • #52 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #66 of 83 programs in Diversity

Allen, et al., 2012  

  • #45 of 60 programs by Number of Citations

CIOS  

  • Top Ten Research Program in 19 of 99 Research Areas


Contact Information:

Department of Communication Arts
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Jeff Smith

Email: info@commarts.wisc.edu

Website: https://commarts.wisc.edu/