Keri Barone has a B.A. in Communication from SUNY Brockport, and M.A. in Rhetorical Criticism also from SUNY Brockport. Since coming to RIT in 2007 as Visiting Professor, she has served as faculty advisor to the National Communication’s Honors Society, Lambda Pi Eta. She initiated the student run colloquium series, has co-organized the institute wide Public Speaking Contest and continues to facilitate guest speakers and volunteer opportunities to enhance community involvement by students.
Most recently Professor Barone was granted The Provost's Learning Innovations Grant, to propel her research on student learning outcomes and pedagogy in the area of Public Speaking. Her long-term research goals focus on marginalized groups and how the advancement of technology in communication impact perceptions of them and formulated by them.
- Public Speaking
- Advanced Public Speaking
- Human Communication
- Interpersonal Communication
- Mass Communication
- Professional Communication for Business
Dr. Claudia Bucciferro studies identity and representation in the media, engaging with topics related to popular culture, gender, and intersectionality in the US and Latin America. She is the author of the book FOR-GET: Identity, Media, and Democracy in Chile and the editor of two books that center on global film franchises and address the connection between media portrayals and cultural trends—The X-Men Films: A Cultural Analysis and The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global Phenomenon. Her work has appeared in JOMEC: Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, the Journal of Mass Communication, the Journal of American Culture, and the Journal of Global Mass Communication, as well as in several edited collections.
Dr. Bucciferro is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Popular Culture, published by the Popular Culture Association. She holds a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MA from the University of Concepción. Born and raised in Chile, Dr. Bucciferro first traveled to the United States as an international student, with a fellowship from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She is passionate about promoting student research, media literacy, and diversity.
Professor Cos teaches a complement of courses that blend empirical, social scientific theory with a humanistic focus. His research interests center on the Aristotelian trilogy of politics, ethics and rhetoric. More specifically, these interests have manifested themselves into the study of mediated speechmaking and political campaigning, "mash-up" online advertisements and politics, and contemporary instances of dissent during wartime.
Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2017-
Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2007-2017
Assistant Professor of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology - 1999-2005
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 1996-1999
- Human Communication
- Public Speaking
- Interpersonal Communication
- Survey of Media Technologies
- Qualitative Research Methodology
- Political Communication
- Communication Law & Ethics
Babak Elahi holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. He writes about American realism, Iranian cinema, Iranian diasporic culture, and the semiotics and politics of dress and fashion. His work has appeared in Iranian Studies, Simploke, Iran Namag, MELUS, International Journal of Fashion Studies, and Cultural Studies. His book, The Fabric of American Realism, was published by McFarland Press in 2009. Babak’s essays “Iranian Conditions: Metaphors of Illness in Iranian Fiction and Film,” and “At the Threshold of Iranian Studies” are forthcoming in the journal Iran Namag, and the book Middle East Studies after September 11 (Brill, 2018), respectively.
Babak also plays guitar and sings in local Rochester bands, The Resonant Freqs and The Tree Shakers.
Nickesia S. Gordon
Nickesia S. Gordon
Dr. Andrea Hickerson has a B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University; an M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington. She joined the RIT faculty in 2009 when the journalism degree program officially launched.
Dr. Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. She is also interested in open source and journalism innovation.
In 2011 Dr. Hickerson and Dr. Vic Perotti in RIT’s Saunders College of Business received a Presidential Grant of $155,000 from the Knight Foundation to create and pilot a new interactive model for journalistic event coverage using mobile technology. The project, “Rise Above the Crowd” (rise.rit.edu) premiered at RIT’s Imagine Festival on May 7, 2011.
Professors Hickerson and Perotti received a second grant from the Knight Foundation in 2013 to fund a Digital Journalism Incubator at RIT starting in Spring 2014.
In 2017, Dr. Hickerson participated in the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corp., which teaches university faculty how to bring research products to market.
Dr. Hickerson also engages in journalism practice. Her writings have appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle, City Newspaper and Slate.
Follow Dr. Hickerson on Twitter @aehickerson
- Law & Ethics of the Press
- The History of Journalism
- Reporting in Specialized Fields: Political Reporting
- Senior Projects
Since joining the Department of Communication at RIT in 1992, Professor Jenkins, in addition to his current role as Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, has also served as RIT Faculty-in-Residence (1993 – 1995), RIT’s first Assistant Provost for Diversity (1999 – 2002), Director of Undergraduate Degree Programs in the School of Communication (2011 – 2016), and Interim Vice President and Associate Provost, Divison for Diversity & Inclusion (2016 - 2017).
Professor Jenkins is the recipient of many awards. Among the RIT awards are the 2010 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2005 Isaac L. Jordan Pluralism Award, the 2004 RIT Diversity Trailblazer Award, the 1993-94 Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the 1996 and 1997 Higher Education Opportunity Program “Community Professor” awards which recognize a professor who has made a difference in the lives of HEOP students at RIT, and NTID’s (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) 1995 Pluralism Award.
Professor Jenkins’ scholarly publications and presentations center around studies in intercultural communication, political and visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of gospel song. Most recently, the focus of his research has been on pragmatism and the rhetoric of inclusion in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.
Mike Johansson spent 20+ years in various capacities for media companies in New Zealand, Australia, Britain and the United States before joining the Department of Communication in 2009.
Among his achievements in the business world: He won two fellowships to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. (for publication design and media ethics studies), was one of 12 UC-Berkeley Digital Journalism Fellows in 2003 and in 2004 founded insider, a free print weekly and website for 20-somethings in Rochester.
In addition to teaching, speaking and writing about social media, public relations and advertising he consults and speaks on social media outside of RIT. As faculty advisor for the RIT chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) he also runs the PR Practicum, a 1-credit course designed to give additional PR experiences to students.
In Spring 2017 he was one of three instructors in a first for RIT - a one-semester, nine-credit Immersion called The Meaning of Things in Three Objects - a critical thinking course. In 2018 he developed an edX-RITx course 'Critical Thinking & Problem Solving'.
M.A. in Newspaper Journalism, Syracuse University
Master Certificate in Integrated Online Marketing, University of San Francisco
Faculty Advisor to the RIT chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Member of RIT’s campus-wide Social Media Task Force
Affiliate of RIT's MAGIC Center
- Public Relations
- Public Relations Writing
- Copywriting & Visualization
- Reporting in a Specialized Field (Social Media)
- PR Practicum
- Special Topic (Social Media for PR)
- Seminar in Social Media Marketing
- Critical Practice in Social Media
- Advanced Social Media
Since coming to RIT in the Fall of 2012, Professor Kothari has been teaching a variety of journalism and communication classes, including Intro to Journalism, Reporting and Writing, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Mass Communications and Communication, Gender and Media.
Her research focuses on issues related to health, gender, technology and religion that are situated within the contexts of global communication, journalism and media studies. Professor Kothari often employs a multi-method approach to her work, which has included in-depth interviews, quantitative content analysis, textual and semiotic analyses and structural equation modeling.
Some of her on-going research projects include comparative analyses of global journalistic practices within the context of emerging media platforms; how the media conveys information based on the newsworthiness of the issue; and exploring effective channels for message transmission based on topics and target demographics. Professor Kothari was awarded an Emerging Scholar grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2016 to support her research on how the British media have been reporting on the refugee crisis. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded competitive grants to conduct fieldwork in Tanzania to assess the feasibility of using short-message-system (SMS) to communicate health information.
Professor Kothari’s dissertation examined how journalistic practices and the relationship between journalists and their news sources, influences media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. She was awarded two university-wide competitive research fellowships in 2010 to conduct her fieldwork in Tanzania, which involved interviews with journalists and leaders of NGOs. In addition to interviews, she also conducted semiotic and content analyses of newspaper texts, to examine how media representations contributed to the social construction of HIV/AIDS.
Eun Sook Kwon
Eun Sook Kwon
Dr. Kwon has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Hannam University in South Korea, an M.A. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication (advertising concentration) from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Kwon primarily teaches advertising and quantitative research methods in the School of Communication. Her research investigates consumer engagement in brand communications in social media, media engagement in advertising, advertising message engagement, and replication in marketing/advertising research. Her recent research examined the impact of the surrounding media context on advertising effectiveness (a.k.a. media engagement) by systematically reviewing more than 50 years of media engagement research articles and conducting a meta-analysis. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Asian Journal of Communication, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Marketing Communication.