People

Meghan S. Sanders
 Associate Professor
 PhD: Pennsylvania State University – Mass Communication
 E-mail: msand@lsu.edu

Meghan S. Sanders has over 15 years of experience in conducting experimental studies. Her research focuses on the psychological effects of mass media, as they pertain to psychological and subjective well-being, and enjoyment and appreciation of entertainment. Her work has been published in journals such as Communication TheoryMass Communication and Society, and Psychology of Popular Media Culture and presented at national and international conferences including the National Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association and the International Communication Association.As director of the Media Effects Lab, she is responsible for assisting faculty, students and professional institutions in conducting projects designed to test audience responses to various media formats and content, using various technologies (i.e. physiological recordings, eye tracking, web tracking, reaction time, etc.). She received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree from Penn State University, and her Bachelors of Arts degree from Dillard University. She teaches research methods and statistical analysis, public relations and mass communication theory courses.

 

Joshua Darr
Assistant Professor
PhD: 2015, University of Pennsylvania – Political Science
E-mail: jdarr@lsu.edu

Joshua Darr received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He also obtained a master’s in political science with an emphasis on American Politics, political communication and methodology at Penn, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College. His research focuses on the placement and effects of campaign field offices, the importance of local newspapers for voter learning and political awareness, and the ability of campaigns to influence the quantity and tone of their local media coverage.

 

Yongick Jeong
Associate Professor
PhD: 2007, University of North Carolina – Advertising and Media Effects
E-mail: yjeong@lsu.edu

Yongick Jeong is an associate professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication. He is interested in measuring the effectiveness of TV commercials, advertising in social and entertainment media, health communication, and public opinion on the Internet. His teaching areas include advertising media planning, management, campaign, persuasion, and research methods.

 

Martin Johnson
Professor, Kevin P. Reilly, Sr. Chair in Political Communication
PhD: 2007, Rice University – Political Science
E-mail: martinj@lsu.edu

Martin Johnson is the Kevin P. Reilly, Sr. Chair in Political Communication and Professor of Mass Communication and Political Science. He studies media, politics, public opinion, political psychology, and public policy. His book, Changing Minds or Changing Channels: Partisan News in an Age of Choice (2013, University of Chicago Press, with Kevin Arceneaux), uses novel experiments to investigate how the choices viewers make shape the influence of political media. It was co-winner of the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, and Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences. He has published papers in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Human Communication Research, British Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Political Psychology, and Political Analysis, among other scholarly venues. Before joining the faculty at LSU, he served as department chair and professor at University of California, Riverside, and directed the Media & Communication Research Lab there. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the Manship School and is a former editor of The Daily Reveille.

 

Nathan Kalmoe
Assistant Professor
PhD: 2012, University of Michigan – Political Science
E-mail: nkalmoe@lsu.edu

Nathan Kalmoe is an assistant professor of political communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication, with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science. He studies political behavior through communication, psychology, and history. His articles appear in Public Opinion QuarterlyPolitical Communication, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and elsewhere. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and others.

 

 Hyojung Park
 Associate Professor
 PhD: 2011, University of Missouri
 E-mail: hjpark6@lsu.edu

 Hyojung Park is an associate professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication. She teaches courses in public relations and research methods. Her research focuses on health communication, crisis communication, relationship management in public relations, and corporate social responsibility. She is currently interested in how social media can be effectively utilized for branding, building relationships, and health promotion. Her research and research collaborations won five Top Paper awards at national and international conferences. Her work has appeared in a number of refereed journals, including Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Health Communication, and Journal of Business Ethics.

 

people_pingreeRay Pingree
Assistant Professor
PhD: 2008, University of Wisconsin – Political Communication
E-mail: rpingree@lsu.edu

Ray Pingree’s research asks how political communication could make democracy work better in terms of prioritizing and solving problems. He studies dysfunctions in our national discussion such as treating politics as a mere game or competition, too little accountability for dishonesty, and prioritization of issues that favors the sensational and is rarely proactive. His experiments on these dysfunctions aim to find points of leverage that could improve our national discussion either through changes in media or changes in 

media literacy of the audience.

 

Lance Porter
Professor
PhD: 2002, University of Georgia – Mass Communication
E-mail: lporter@lsu.edu

With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Lance Porter has focused on digital media since 1995, when he built his first commercial Web site. Before coming to LSU, Porter spent four years as executive director of digital marketing for Disney’s film studio. There he oversaw the digital creative and media strategies for more than 80 films and won a Clio Award for excellence in advertising. He currently chairs the Digital Media Initiative in the Manship School at LSU. He teaches digital media and advertising courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research on digital, social and mobile media effects has appeared in numerous journals and books devoted to advertising, journalism, public relations and sport.  He holds a joint appointment with the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) and is a member of the AVATAR faculty.

 

people_SearlesKathleen Searles
Assistant Professor
PhD: 2011, Washington State University – Political Science
E-mail: ksearles@lsu.edu

Kathleen Searles received her Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University.  Her interests include news media, campaign advertising, and political psychology.  Specifically, her research examines the content of partisan news, the effects of branded television fact-checking on political attitudes, and the influence of emotional campaign ads on political behavior.  She has published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, and Political Psychology among others.

 

Chun Yang
Assistant Professor
PhD: 2017, Pennsylvania State University – Mass Communication
E-mail: cyang10@lsu.edu

Chun Yang is an assistant professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication. His research focuses on narratives and persuasion. In particular, he is interested in the emotional and cognitive impact of media messages, the role of emotion and other message features in persuasion, and media stereotypes. He earned his B.A. in journalism and first M.A. in mass communication in China and received his second M.A. in communication studies at Washington State University. He taught public speaking and worked as the teaching assistant for several courses at Washington State University. Back in China, as an instructor in college, he taught a number of courses, including TV production, introduction to TV and radio, opinion piece writing, principles of public relations, and sports commentating. He also worked at a TV station for a few years before he came to the United States. He likes outdoor activities.

 

A-Reum Jung
Doctoral Student
E-mail: ajung5@lsu.edu

 

People_MinjieMinjie Li
Doctoral Student; MMC in Media and Public Affairs – Louisiana State University
E-mail: mli16@lsu.edu

Minjie Li is currently a Ph.D. student in mass communication at LSU. His primary research interests mainly pertain to media psychology, standing at the intersection of technology, transgender studies, sexuality, amateurism, and media diversity. Along with various quantitative psychological methods (e.g. experiment, reaction time, eye/web tracking, etc.), he also takes qualitative approaches, such as ethnography and intersectionality, given the nature of his research. In addition to managing MEL, he also creates its website and visual identity. He started out as a journalist and a interactive designer for the Olympics Official Website. He, as an investigating reporter,  also investigated the mechanisms of emergency response of local government and medical system on a deathly earthquake.

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 1.13.07 PMMingxiao Sui
Doctoral candidate; Manship School of Mass Communication
E-mail: msui1@lsu.edu

Her research interests include political communication, media effects, international communication, and new media and technology. Her current research focuses on the effects of ethnic- and English-language media on ethnic audiences in the U.S. In addition, she also explores the role of mobile devices in contemporary society.
MEL Projects
Share Your Opinion on Political Websites (March, 2016) – Tobii eye-tracking was used to collect data on how people encounter different types of political information online. Encountering News on the Internet (April 2015; February, 2016) – Using eye-tracker data, we explored whether participants across conditions are likely to read the news article in different ways. Watch TV (December, 2015) – This study utilized Tobii eye-tracker to examine students’ opinion on a television program. Students were asked to watch a short clip and provide their attitudes.  Share Your Opinion on Political Ads (October, 2015) – This study was interested in students’ opinion of various political advertisements using Tobii eye-tracker.

 

Stephanie Whitenack
Doctoral Student; M.A. in Communication Studies – University of Cincinnati
E-mail: swhi117@lsu.edu

Stephanie Whitenack is currently a Ph.D. student in mass communication at LSU. Her primary research interests pertain to entertainment media psychology, with a concentration on socially stigmatized groups. She enjoys using both quantitative and qualitative approaches to study audiences’ perceptions and responses to media. Her past research examined parasocial relationships and loneliness among people with Down syndrome.

 

Rui Wang
Doctoral Student
E-mail: rwang19@lsu.edu