Graduate Alumni Profiles - 1996-2000


Stacy Smith

Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California

For the last five years, Dr. Smith has been working with a team of undergraduate and graduate students to assess portrayals of males and females in popular media.  Over a dozen projects have been completed, assessing gender in films (e.g., 500+ top-grossing movies from 1990 to 2009, 150 academy award best picture nominations from 1977 to 2006), TV shows (e.g., 1,034 children’s programs, two weeks of prime time shows), video games (e.g., 60 best selling), and point-of-purchase advertising (e.g., jacket covers of DVDs, video games).  Smith’s recent research (with Rene Weber & Marc Choueiti) has focused on the economic success at the box office of feature films with women on screen and behind-the-scenes as well as interviewing over 110 content creators (i.e., directors, writers, producers, executives, etc.) about the reasons for the under representation and hypersexualization of girls and women in popular movies.  The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism has funded some of Dr. Smith’s studies and See Jane, a program started by Academy Award winner Geena Davis, has funded others.  Currently, Dr. Smith is building a research-driven initiative at ASCJ on Media, Diversity, and Social Change.  The initiative will continue producing cutting-edge, timely, and theory-driven empirical research on different entertainment-based minority groups.  Educators, advocates, and activists can access and use the research to create sustainable industry change on screen and behind the camera.


Catherine Boggs

Cathy Boggs served as Director of Education Programs and Communication of UCSB’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society, and the Associate Director of UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center. Prior to that, she was Research Communications Coordinator for UCSB's Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS), where she organized the 2006 Santa Barbara Forum on Digital Transitions. In addition to teaching appointments in UCSB’s Department of Communication and UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Business, her prior experience includes five years in Washington, DC as a communications policy analyst, conference organizer and public relations consultant.  She has consulted on workplace communication issues for a variety of non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations.

Travis Dixon

Associate Professor of Communication. University of Illinois

Professor Dixon is a media effects scholar dedicated to investigating the prevalence of stereotypes in the mass media and the impact of stereotypical imagery on audience members.  He has been honored as a faculty fellow with UIUC's Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society and he was the 2013 Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service.  Dr. Dixon has received 7 top paper awards from the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association. He has also received a top article award from the National Communication Association. Dr. Dixon serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Howard Journal of Communications, Media Psychology, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Much of Dr. Dixon's work has been focused on racial stereotyping in television news. His more recent investigations examine the content and effects of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in major news events, online news, and musical contexts.

Dorothy Imrich Mullin

Continuing Lecturer, Department of Communication, UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Mullin is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Communication at UCSB. Her published research has been in the areas of media and children, media policy, and First Amendment law. However, her current focus is in teaching communication to undergraduates. She specializes in large introductory communication courses, including research methods and theory, and she has been recognized for her efforts with a Distinguished Teaching Award. She also trains and supervises graduate student teaching assistants, working to develop and promote excellent teaching skills among the professors of the future.


Professor, Santa Clara University, CA

Teaches interpersonal communication, persuasion, multicultural folktales, friendships and romances, and the science of happiness. She has written five books for LexisNexis about jury dynamics and deliberations and a book on Peer Groups for Sage. She won her university's award for best research across five years that makes a difference. She has served on the Editorial Boards of five communication journals. She has an international following for her tweets about the social brain (@TheSocialBrain).


Robin Gurien

Training and Development Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa

Anna Laura Jansma

Continuing Lecturer, Department of Communication, UCSB

Community members know Jansma as a liaison and consultant who unites peace and community enthusiasts from a multitude of orientations. Her interests in peace-building communication, intentional community, and gender also guide Jansma's teaching style and research focus at UCSB. As an organizational and personal consultant, Jansma translates fundamentals of communication theory and research and customized them into practical communication skills for her clients. She designs and conducts workshops and needs assessments, facilitates discussions, and provides one-on-one coaching for those looking to align their actions with a higher purpose.

Dean Krikorian

President and CEO, GroupScope, Inc., San Luis Obispo, CA



Aaron Cargile

Professor, California State University Long Beach

His research interests include language attitudes, interracial dialogue, and the physiological bases of intercultural communication. His publications include over 30 articles, reviews, and book chapters, most recently in the International Encyclopedia of Communication, the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, the Journal of Asian American Studies, The Educational Forum, and the International Journal of Intercultural Relations.  His website includes a freely-accessible, web-based intercultural reader and student-produced ethnographies:

Timothy Cole

Associate Professor, DePaul University, Chicago

Areas of interest and specialization include deceptive communication, romantic relationships, interpersonal communication, evolutionary psychology, and research methods. His work has been published in Communication Theory, The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and The Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Patrick O'Sullivan

Director - Center for Learning, Teaching, & Technology, Illinois State University

Patrick’s scholarly work includes topics such as strategic uses of communication technologies in relationships, “masspersonal” communication, “flaming” and other problematic online communication, strategic social use of channel selection (i.e., “channelesics”), and mediated immediacy.