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Department of Communication Studies

Research and Projects 

The Communication Studies program is dedicated to research that advances the fields of communication and rhetoric. Our students and faculty are involved in a number of scholarly activities, including the following.

Collaborative Projects

The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, founded by Communication Studies professors, is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, students, and community associates who are interested in the connection between civic discourse and democracy. Several Communication Studies faculty are involved in ICDD research and teaching, including the editorship of the Journal of Public Deliberation.

Faculty Publications and Presentations

Dr. Soumia Bardhan

Bardhan, S. (2018). The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and ‘Ikhwanweb’: Deliberative ethic/voice in a counterpublic’s rhetoric? Journal of Public Deliberation, 4(1), 5.

Bardhan, S. (2017). Rhetorical approaches to communication and culture. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Oxford University Press.

Bardhan, S. (2017, November). Contextualizing Democratic Ideals into an Islamic Idiom? The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Counterpublic Dynamics in Ikhwanweb. Annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX. Top Four Paper, Political Communication Division

Bardhan, S. (2017, November). Status of Muslims/Islam in Trump’s Rhetorical World: An Analysis of President Trump’s Tweets. Annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX. (Presenter and Panel Organizer)

Dr. Soo-Hye Han

Jarvis, S. E., & Han, S. (2018). Votes That Count and Voters Who Don’t: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation (Without Even Knowing It), Penn State University Press.

Han, S., Brazeal, L., & Pennington, N. (2018) Is Civility Contagious? Examining the Impact of Modeling in Online Political Discussions, Social Media & Society. doi: 10.1177/2056305118793404 

Han, S., & Lind, C. (2017). Putting Powerfulness in Its Place: A Study on Discursive Style in Public Discussion and Its Impact, Argumentation and Advocacy, 53(3), 216-233. doi: 10.1080/00028533.2017.1337332 

Jarvis, S. E., & Han, S. (2018, November). Votes That Count and Voters Who Don’t: How Journalists Sideline Electoral Participation.Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT. Top Four Paper.

Han, S., Milburn, L., Loden, K., & Karber, G. (2017, March). A Content Analysis of Presidential Candidates’ Tweets during the 2016 Presidential Campaigns. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Colene Lind

Han, S.-H., & Lind, C. J. (2017). Putting powerfulness in its place: a study on discursive style in public discussion and its impact. Argumentation and Advocacy, 1-18. doi:10.1080/00028533.2017.1337332 

Lind, C.J. (2017, November). Who needs to know what? Knowledge as resource in public debates about water. Paper presented for the Kansas Science Communication Initiative Research Colloquium, Manhattan, KS.

Lind, C.J. (2017, November). Conflicts Over the Environment: Making it Local for the Sake of the Global. Workshop conducted for the Kansas State Research and Extension Annual Conference, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Dr. Greg Paul

Borton, I., & Paul, G. D. (2018). A mixed-methods analysis of mediator socialization through training.” International Journal of Conflict Management, 29, 109-125. doi: 10.110/IJCMA-03-2017-0019

Paul, G. D. (2017). Willingness to participate in dialogic deliberation on campus. Journal of Public Deliberation, 13. Accessible at https://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/

Paul, G. D., & I. M. Borton. (2017). Toward a communication perspective of restorative justice: Implications for research, facilitation, and assessment. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 10, 199-219. doi: 10.1111/ncmr.12097

Paul, G. D. (2017). Paradoxes of restorative justice in the workplace. Management Communication Quarterly, 31, 380-408. doi: 10.1177/0893318916681512

Doty, N., & Paul, G. D. (2018, April). Caught in the middle: Empowerment in middle managers.” Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Milwaukee, WI.

Paul, G. D., & Schenck-Hamlin, W. (2017, November). A theory of planned behavior perspective of victim-offender conference participation willingness. In P. Hopeck (Chair), Top Papers in Peace and Conflict Communication. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Paul, G. D., & Borton, I. M. (2017, November). Toward a communication perspective of restorative justice: Implications for research, facilitation, and assessment. In N. Desrayaud (Chair), Praxis of Conflict: Mediation and Restorative Justice. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Borton, I. M., & Paul, G. D. (2017, November). A mixed-methods analysis of mediator socialization through training. In N. Desrayaud (Chair), Praxis of Conflict: Mediation and Restorative Justice. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.

Dr. Tim Shaffer

Shaffer, Timothy J., Nicholas V. Longo, Idit Manosevitch, and Maxine S. Thomas (Eds.) (2017). Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. 

Shaffer, Timothy J. (2018). “Thinking Beyond Food and Fiber: Public Dialogue and Deliberation in the New Deal Department of Agriculture.” In Hoflund, A. Bryce, J. Jones, and Michelle C. Pautz (Eds). The Intersection of Food and Public Health: Current Policy Challenges and Solutions, (307-326). CRC Press/Taylor and Francis.

Shaffer, Timothy J. (2017). “(Striving for) Democracy in Small Groups: Engaging Politics in a Communication Studies Course.” In I. Marin and R. Minor (Eds). Beyond Politics as Usual: College Students and Politics, (56-77). Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation Press.

Shaffer, Timothy J. (2017). “Democracy and Education: Historical Roots of Deliberative Pedagogy.” In Shaffer, T. J., N. V. Longo, I. Manosevitch, and M. S. Thomas (Eds.) Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement, (pp. 21-36). East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Longo, Nicholas V., Idit Manosevitch, and Timothy J. Shaffer (2017). “Introduction.” In Shaffer, T. J., N. V. Longo, I. Manosevitch, and M. S. Thomas (Eds.) Deliberative Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement, (pp. xix-xxxv). East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Shaffer, T. J. (2017). Supporting the “Archstone of Democracy”: Cooperative Extension's Experiment with Deliberative Group Discussion. Journal of Extension, 55(5), Article 5FEA1. 

Shaffer, Timothy J. (2017). “The Politics of Knowledge: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Justice in Higher Education,” eJournal of Public Affairs.

Shaffer, Timothy J., William Keith, Amata Nocera, and Timothy Steffensmeier (2017, November). “A Legacy of Deliberative Discussion Through Public Forums,” National Communication Association Conference. Dallas, TX.

Shaffer, Timothy J., Lori Leonard Britt, Rebecca M. Townsend, Elesha L. Ruminski, and Jill J. McMillan (2017, November). “Using Our Legacy of Dialogic Deliberation as a Foundational Approach to Teaching Communication,” National Communication Association Conference. Dallas, TX.

Harriger, Katy, Rhonda Fitzgerald, Timothy J. Shaffer, and Christy M. Buchanan (2017, November). “Engaging College Students in Politics: The Role of Dialogue in Becoming a Change Agent.” 8th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Washington DC.

Shaffer, Timothy J., and Nicholas V. Longo (2017, October). “Deliberative Pedagogy: What, Why, and How for Engaged Teaching and Learning in Urban Contexts.” Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference. Denver, CO.

Shaffer, Timothy J. (2017, September). “Designing, Teaching, and Practicing Deliberative Pedagogy in Classroom Settings.” Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference. Birmingham, AL.

Shaffer, Timothy J., and Thomas G. Archibald (2017, September). “Democratizing Processes in Engaged Scholarship: Considerations from Deliberative Pedagogy and Participatory Evaluation.” Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference. Birmingham, AL.

Shaffer, Timothy J., Nicholas V. Longo, and Janice McMillan (2017, September). “Deliberative Pedagogy and Community Engagement: Multinational Case Study Research,” Presentation for International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference. Galway, Ireland.

Dr. Heather Woods

Woods, Heather Suzanne and Emily Winderman. “The Quiver is Full: Metonymy and Affiliation in 19 Kids and Counting’s Depiction of Pregnancy Loss in Advanced Maternal Age,” Feminist Media Studies (2017). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2018.1409992 (online article ahead of print).

Woods, Heather Suzanne. “Westworld Treats Objects Like Women, Man: Gender, Embodiment, and Rhetorical Inversion in Artificially Intelligent Techno-Bodies.” 18th biennial meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018. (Panel chair). 

Woods, Heather Suzanne. “Using Debate for Civic Engagement.” 103rd annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 2017. (Panelist).

Woods, Heather Suzanne. “Virtually Yours? Gender, Labor, and Surveillance in Artificially Intelligent Personal Assistants.” 103rd annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 2017. (Panel chair).

Woods, Heather Suzanne. “Building a Feminist Future: On (Digital) Pedagogical Praxis.” Annual meeting of HASTAC Conference, Orlando, FL, November 2017. (Panelist).