Research Approach

The Communication Studies Department engages in a broad range of research at the cutting edge of communication, media studies, and related disciplines. Our faculty are interested in documenting, understanding, and explaining how human communication and the media shape everyday lives.


Our interests are broad enough to include many of the sub-disciplines that comprise the discipline: critical-cultural, digital, health, intercultural and international, interpersonal, mass communication, media studies, organizational, political and environmental, and rhetorical studies. Recent scholarship by our faculty includes volumes published by prestigious university presses, articles published in leading academic journals, and contributions to popular magazines and influential blogs.

The links below connect with pages that illustrate some of the exciting research and scholarly activity being done here at Northeastern University.

Faculty Work

Books authored, co-authored, or edited by Communication Studies faculty since 2009.

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Chap­ters in edited vol­umes by Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies fac­ulty since 2009.

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Con­fer­ence papers by Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies fac­ulty since 2012.

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Referred jour­nal arti­cles by Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies fac­ulty since Jan­u­ary 2009.

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Hilary Poriss

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Faculty and Research


Katherine Calzada

Assistant Dean for Research Development


Tammi Westgate

Senior Grants Administrator


Angela Chin

Administrative Assistant


Alex Kilgore

Administrative Assistant