Welcome to our new Chair & Asst. Chair !


The Department of Communication would like to announce its new Chair, Dr. Patricia Parker

Parker_Pat (2015)

and new Assistant Chair, Dr. Sarah Dempsey


  Welcome !



Also, a Thank you to immediate past Chair, Dr. Ken Hillis


and immediate past Assistant Chair, Dr. Sarah Sharma

Sarah Sharma

We appreciate your service !



Prof. Monahan “Resisting Surveillance Through Art”

Monahan NCA journal June2015

In opening, Monahan states:

With growing concern about proliferating surveillance, a number of artists have created fashionable ways to hide from the camera’s gaze. These include designs such as irregular face paint and hairstyles, creepy-looking masks, and reflective underwear. The problem with such symbolic plays of avoidance is that they fail to challenge discriminatory uses of surveillance.    (to read the full article, go here)



Communication Currents (a publication of the National Communication Association)

Volume 10, Issue 3 – June 2015

“Resisting Surveillance Through Art” by Torin Monahan, Ph.D.

translated from the scholarly article: Monahan, T. (2015). The right to hide? Anti-surveillance camouflage and the aestheticization of resistance. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12,159-178.

Congratulations to our Doctoral Graduates

doctoral grads 2015 (medium)

{C. Hardin, C. Matheson, J. O’Grady, A. Towns (K. Zemlicka not in attendance)}


Doctoral Grads (2015)


Congratulations to the newest class of Communication Studies graduates

Program front (2015)


Honors grads (2015)







Phi Beta Kappa grads (2015)








Spring 2015 grads (all)(2015)



Fall 2014 and Summer 2015 grads (2015)























Comm Studies in the top 10!

Communication Studies was one of the top 10 majors selected by students in the graduating class of 2015.

Check out the graphic for a cool snapshot of the new grads, by major. {Source: UNC Spotlight – What’s Your Major? }

2015grads by major

Summer 2015 COMM STUDIES course offerings

old well (spring)Check out the interesting variety of courses on offer from the Comm Studies Department this summer!

MAYMESTER  { 5/13 – 5/29 }

2015 Maymester


FIRST SUMMER SESSION  { 5/13 – 6/18 }

2015 Summer 1


SECOND SUMMER SESSION  { 6/22 – 7/28 }

2015 Summer 2

Graduate Course offerings, Fall 2015

Click here for a listing of Grad-level courses being offered, Fall 2015

Old Well in autumn



ANNOUNCING: Our Speaker for COMM STUDIES Graduation 2015!

Tom Goldstein (headshot) {Tom Goldstein}


We are excited to announce that Tom Goldstein will be our speaker for the Communication Studies Graduation Ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.



–          GQ named Tom Goldstein “one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C.”, and the National Law Journal (2010) ranked him as “one of the nation’s 40 most influential lawyers of the decade”

–          Tom Goldstein is one of the nation’s most experienced Supreme Court practitioners, serving as counsel in roughly 100 of the Court’s merits cases in the past 15 years

–          Goldstein’s representations span virtually all of federal law – cases on bankruptcy, immigration, free speech, & the list goes on!

–          A practicing lawyer, Goldstein has also had occasion to teach Supreme Court Litigation at Harvard & Stanford Law Schools

–          Goldstein is co-founder and publisher of the Peabody-Award-winning SCOTUSblog – the place to go for Supreme Court coverage




For more on Tom visit Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

For more on Graduation, check in with our Facebook Event Page

“Hollywood Heels” featured in the Spring 2015 Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine

Arts&Sciences Mag (spring-2015-cover)



The Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine, Spring 2015 edition, features an article about the UNC-Hollywood Media Internship !


“Scores of UNC alumni have launched careers in the film and TV industry thanks to a communication studies internship program that sends students to Hollywood for prestigious internships at production companies, agencies, studios and related businesses every summer.” (excerpted from the full article)





To read the full article, check out “Hollywood Heels: L.A. internships provide invaluable industry experience” (Kristen Chavez).

To see clips of Kristen’s interviews with past internship participants, as well as internship director, Paul Edwards, click the image below:


Interns through the years at the 2014 reception. (photo courtesy of Suzanne Weerts)

“The devils in the details” — Prof. Alexander Craft featured in the University Gazette

AlexanderCraft (Gazette, 2015)


“It’s a small town that’s rich in culture and history. It’s a small town that also has been consistently touched by global trade and tourism,” said Alexander Craft, assistant professor in the Department of Communications Studies and Curriculum in Global Studies. “The history is just so thick and interesting. I’m never at a loss for questions or great people to ask.”

Her research on Portobelo has resulted in a new ethnographic monograph on the Congo tradition, a digital home for hundreds of excerpts from her interviews and a collaboration that will lead to a multimedia performance on campus March 20–21 featuring local and Portobelo artists. 

{excerpt taken from the University Gazette’s “The devils in the details” by Susan Hudson}

To read the full article, go here.

To access the digital archives visit Digital Portobelo