NCA Member News and Notes

Member News
November 2, 2020

In the Media

In a USA Today article, Nsenga K. Burton, Emory College, highlighted 20 Black suffragists, including Sojourner Truth, Coralie Franklin Cook, and Anna Julia Cooper.

Denise Bostdorff, College of Wooster; Casey Kelly, University of Nebraska; and Mary Stuckey, Penn State; commented to Vox about the language of President Trump’s fundraising emails.

In a CNN op-ed, Diana B. Carlin, Saint Louis University, and Mitchell S. McKinney, University of Missouri, argued in favor of maintaining debates as part of presidential elections.

In Forbes, Steven D. Cohen, Johns Hopkins University, discussed the Pokémon Company's recent marketing message on Twitter. 

Richard Cherwitz, University of Texas at Austin, authored a Quad-City Times op-ed about how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death might influence Joe Biden’s campaign. 

NCA’s African American Communication and Culture Division organized an all-day, livestreamed strike conference as part of #ScholarStrike, as reported in Inside Higher Ed. The conference included Carolyn Cross, Houston Community College, speaking on a panel about “brave spaces.” 

In a KJZZ Phoenix interview, Sarah Amira de la Garza, Arizona State University, commented on Tucker Carlson’s mispronunciation of Kamala Harris’ name. 

In the Chicago Tribune, Travis Dixon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explained how stereotyping in mass media can influence people’s perceptions. 

In an interview with Philadelphia Magazine, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania, discussed the spread of conspiracy theories and false information. 

On WAND, Jessica Katz Jameson, North Carolina State University, offered insight on how conflicts on social media become intractable. 

In the Winston-Salem JournalAllan Louden, Wake Forest University, commented on the first presidential debate.  

On CNBCMitchell S. McKinney, University of Missouri, predicted what might happen in the vice presidential debate.

After reports that the second presidential debate might not happen, Josh Scacco, University of South Florida, hypothesized on WFLA about how that could influence the presidential election.

In a Blue Ridge Public Radio interview, Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock, University of North Carolina Wilmington, shared insight on communication related to physical disabilities when dating.

In an op-ed for The Hill, Ryan Skinnell, San Jose State University, argued that fact-checking is not the best tool for understanding campaign messages. 

After the first presidential debate, in the Winnipeg Free Press, Tammy Vigil, Boston University, suggested possible changes to the debate format. 

Benjamin Warner, University of Missouri, explained the relationship between psychological reactance and mask-wearing to the Missourian

Kelly Wilz, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, weighed in on a Wisconsin Public Radio story about activism by mothers. 

In an Iowa City Press-Citizen op-ed, Kenneth Zagacki, North Carolina State University, described how philosopher Sydney Hook would evaluate the current political moment. 


Lauren B. Mackenzie has been named the Marine Corps University Outstanding Civilian Professor for the Academic Year 2019-20. Mackenzie was also presented with the Dr. Elihu Rose Award earlier this summer as part of the university’s commencement ceremony in Quantico, VA.

Sungeun Chung, Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea, and Edward L. Fink, Temple University, have received the 2020 Randall Harrison Outstanding Article Award from the International Communication Association’s Information Systems Division.

Edward L. Fink, Temple University, has been selected to become a Fellow of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. 

New Books

Stephen John Hartnett is editing a new Michigan State University Press series on U.S.–China Relations in the Age of Globalization. The series will include Green Communication and China: On Crisis, Care, and Global Futures, by Jingfang Liu and Phaedra C. Pezzullo, and Communication Convergence in Contemporary China: International Perspectives on Politics, Platforms, and Participation, by Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge.

Katerina Tsetsura, University of Oklahoma, and Dean Kruckeberg, University of North Carolina Charlotte, have published Strategic Communications in Russia: Public Relations and Advertising.