Mass Communication Division

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The Mass Communication Division is one of the largest divisions of NCA. Its members are engaged in research on and teaching of a wide range of topics relating to traditional and new media content, form, structures, effects, and processes using various methodologies (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, critical/interpretative). Members represent various strands of traditional mass communication theory, political economy, and critical/cultural studies. They also study (mass) media history, regulation, and industry. They represent the diversity in intellectual and scholarly traditions that make up the rich disciplinary history of the field of communication. Our mission is to provide a forum in which scholars and teachers with diverse interests and approaches can come together to contribute to the study of communication media in ways that draw from the strengths of the established traditions in order to address emerging issues relating to both traditional and new media.

2024 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Matt Lapierre, University of Arizona
  • Vice Chair: Colin Kearney, Hampton University
  • Vice Chair-Elect: Cassandra Alexopulos, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Immediate Past Chair: Veronica Hefner, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Secretary:  Sofia Rhea, University of California, Davis
  • Research Committee Chair: David Stamps, Bentley University
  • Nominating Committee Chair: Benjamin K. Smith, California State University-East Bay
  • Graduate Student Representative: Muhammad Rasul, University of California, Davis
  • IDEA Representative: Sumana Chattopadhyay, Marquette University


2024 NCA Positions

  • Legsilative Assembly
    • Matt Lapierre, University of Arizona
    • Valerie Kretz, St. Norbert College
    • Veronica Hefner, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Nominating Committee
    • Q. McElroy, Brenau University

MCD Membership (2013-2024)

*Official count taken every January. 


Award Calls


Business Meeting Minutes


Interest Group Election