Faculty Experts

At the SOJC, our faculty boast a diverse range of professional and academic expertise, from immersive media and artificial intelligence to corporate social responsibility, civic engagement, and science communication. Their groundbreaking research and innovative practice in the field puts them on the leading edge of the rapidly evolving creative and media industries.

The SOJC faculty members listed here are established experts in their fields and available for media interviews and related requests.

Assistant Professor Jesse Abdenour, Journalism

Academic Areas: broadcast news, investigative journalism, documentary filmmaking, copyright law

Jesse Abdenour is an expert in broadcast news, investigative journalism, documentary filmmaking, and copyright law. Before becoming a professor, he spent eight years working as a television news anchor and reporter and has produced several documentary films.

Associate Professor Christopher Chávez, Media Studies and Advertising

Academic Areas: popular culture, television, advertising trends, race and ethnicity

Christopher Chávez is an expert in media studies and how it relates to popular culture, advertising, and issues of race and ethnicity. Chris’ research focuses on marginalized communities. He has written extensively about the lack of Latinos in music, television and film, and LGBTQ-targeted advertising. In the past, Chris has commented on the Cover Oregon campaign, how advertisers are dealing with the legalization of marijuana, and changing television practices.

Assistant Professor Amanda Cote, Media Studies and Games Studies

Academic Areas: game studies, video games, gender and representation in the gaming industry

Amanda Cote is an expert in game studies, video games and gender, and media representations of the gaming industry and its players. Her work focuses on the industry and culture of video games, with an emphasis on gender, representation, and issues of technological access. She addresses these topics through a combination of in-depth interviews and thematic content analysis. Her current research studies the experiences of female gamers in masculinized game spaces, with an eye to addressing questions of power and inequality. In the past, she has written about how video game–oriented magazines and webseries construct game culture. 

Associate Professor Nicole Dahmen, Journalism and Visual Communication

Academic Areas: visual communication, graphic design, social media, photojournalism, commemorative journalism, news design, publication design, visual ethics, visual identity, iconic photographs, media technology, eye-tracking

Nicole Dahmen is an expert in visual communication. Her research focuses on ethical and technological issues in visual communication, with an emphasis on photojournalism in the digital age. Visual media coverage of political campaigns, military conflict, natural disasters, and social issues are some examples of topics where her expertise would be valuable.

Associate Professor Donna Davis, Strategic Communication Master's Program Director

Academic Areas: Virtual Reality (VR), Digital Embodiment, Tech Equity and Inclusion, Digital Social Capital

Donna Davis is an expert in virtual reality (VR), digital embodiment, tech equity and inclusion, and digital social capital. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor and director in the Strategic Communication Master’s Program. Her ethnographic research focuses on the potential uses of social virtual worlds, gamification, and other emerging social media, with a special interest in marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Professor of Practice Andrew DeVigal, Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement

Academic Areas: civic engagement, engaged journalism, consumer behavior, health care, social media, trends, journalism

Andrew DeVigal is an expert in engaged journalism/civic engagement, social media, and consumer behavior and trends. He is especially interested in the use of social media to inform and move people to action on social issues. An Emmy Award–winning multiplatform news producer and editor, Andrew is the co-Founder of A Fourth Act and curator of Interactive Narratives. As an innovator and expert strategist in social media, his focus is on the relationship between media and society. His efforts strengthen the utility of media by interpreting and refining its use by the public.

Assistant Professor Maxwell Foxman, Media Studies with a Focus on Games Studies

Academic Areas: play, gamification, immersive media

Maxwell Foxman is an expert in play, gamification, and immersive media. His research focuses on the use of games, game production, and play in nongame contexts, including journalism, politics, and social media. His most recent work focuses on early adopters of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and other immersive headsets, for which he scrutinized the tools, general practices, and media coverage related to the technology. Foxman also studies the mainstreaming and culture of games journalism.

Professor Tim Gleason, Journalism

Academic Areas: communication ethics, journalism ethics, communication law, news editorial

Tim Gleason is an expert in communication law, communication ethics, and journalism ethics. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of journalism specializing in communication law and ethics. His current research focuses on public access to information and the definition of a “journalist.” In addition, Tim is the director of the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and a former dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. He also serves as the university’s faculty athletics representative.

Professor Peter Laufer, James N. Wallace Chair in Journalism

Academic Areas: conflict zones, ethics, organic food, borders

Peter Laufer is an expert in ethics, especially related to organic food and GMO labeling, borders, migration, reporting in conflict zones, and journalistic integrity. At the University of Oregon, he is the James N. Wallace Chair of Journalism and the co-director of the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict-Sensitive Reporting. He is an award-winning broadcaster, documentarian, and journalist. His career takes him all over the world. He covered the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the wars in Central America for NBC Radio, and reported for CBS Radio as the Berlin Wall fell. Peter has authored several books on a range of topics, including an investigative book on the lack of reliability with organic labeling titled “Organic: A Journalist's Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling.”

Professor Regina Lawrence, Associate Dean of SOJC Portland, Director of Agora Journalism Center

Academic Areas: civic engagement, voting behavior, political communication, journalism innovation

Regina Lawrence is an expert in civic engagement, journalism innovation, and political communication. Regina wrote a book about Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. She can also speak to how candidates and reporters use social media and about the current controversies over police use of force.

Associate Professor Seth Lewis, Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media

Academic Areas: social media, media innovation, emerging technologies, technology and society, digital culture, robot journalism, big data, algorithms

Seth Lewis is an expert in social media, media innovation, emerging technologies, technology and society, and digital culture. A former journalist turned PhD, Seth’s research explores the digital transformation of journalism. He can also speak about robot journalism and journalism in an era of big data.

Assistant Professor Ed Madison, Journalism

Academic Areas: journalism, media, political journalism, journalism education

Ed Madison is an expert in journalism and media and the SOJC’s media partnership coordinator. Ed was a founding producer at CNN and spent 27 years as an executive producer/director of network television, film, and commercial projects. He is currently the faculty adviser for NW Stories and OR Magazine, principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded My STEM Story project, and director of the Journalistic Learning Initiative.

Assistant Professor David Markowitz, Social Media Data Analytics

Academic Areas: social media data analytics, media studies, language and psychological dynamicsDavid Markowitz is an expert in language and psychological dynamics. He researches what our digital selves say about us, using computational approaches to analyze how social and psychological dynamics—such as deception, persuasion, and status—influence language. He also evaluates how the communication processes we use on various media, including mobile phones and immersive virtual reality, can reveal what we are thinking, feeling, and experiencing psychologically. For example, his dissertation investigated the psychological and physiological consequences of using, resisting, or being without one’s mobile device.

Associate Professor Gabriela Martínez, Media Studies

Academic Areas: international communication, political economy of communication, telecommunication, human rights, collective memory and the media, Latin America, immigration

Gabriela Martínez is an expert in international communication, the political economy of communication, human rights, and social movements. An internationally award-winning documentary filmmaker, Gabriela has produced, directed, or edited more than a dozen ethnographic and social documentaries.

Kelli Matthews, Senior Instructor of Public Relations

Academic Areas: social media, public relations, brands, crisis management, athletes

Kelli Matthews is an expert in social media use among teens and young adults, and she trains individuals and organizations on the art of social media. In the SOJC, she is director of the Portland Experience internship program. Her research analyzes trends in social media and crisis communication strategies for businesses and brand management. Among her many classes, she trains incoming athletes how to build a brand and effectively represent themselves and the university through social media.

Edwin L. Artzt Dean Juan-Carlos Molleda, Professor of Public Relations

Academic Areas: Public Relations, International Business, Global Corporate Public Relations Management

Juan-Carlos Molleda, PhD, is a public relations expert whose research focuses on global corporate public relations management. Juan-Carlos has authored more than 41 refereed publications, 20 book chapters, and 55 conference research papers. He has more than 21 years of experience teaching and researching public relations and communication management, serving as the public relations department chair in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications before coming to the SOJC. In addition to his outreach to the professional community, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Public Relations and a founding member of its Commission on Global Public Relations Research, the Latin American liaison of the Public Relations Society of America’s Certification in Education for Public Relations, and a member of The LAGRANT Foundation Board of Directors. Between 2007 and 2013, he also held leadership positions in the Public Relations Division of the International Communication Association.

Professor Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism

Academic Areas: social media, news media trends, community journalism, media policy, hyperlocal

Damian Radcliffe is an expert in news media trends, social media, community journalism, and media policy. As an experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, he can speak to media policy and the media landscape in the United Kingdom, United States, and Qatar. His research focuses on the use of social media and wider trends in local media, technology, the business of media, and journalism innovation. Damian is also honorary research fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media, and Culture Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.

Assistant Professor Hollie Smith, Science and Environmental Communication

Academic Areas: science communication and media

Hollie Smith is an expert in science communication and media. Smith’s research focuses on how the media covers scientific and environmental issues, the effects of that coverage on decision-making behavior, and how innovative trainings can improve scientific understanding through media. Her work is largely collaborative and has a focus on advancing knowledge in a way that will yield practical application and results. Smith primarily works on the issues of climate change, alternative energy, and public policy.

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