Alumni Spotlight

cSzu-Wei (Chris) Chen, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2012) is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Communication and Deputy Director of College of Indigenous Studies at I-Shou University, Taiwan. Before Dr. Chen joined I-Shou University, he was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Purdue University, Calumet. Dr. Chen’s research interests center on human communication in the computer-mediated environment, and he explores topics such as cyberpsychology and online behaviors, media and health, intercultural differences and their impacts, gender, and social advertising and marketing. Dr. Chen received several research grants from Taiwan's government to explore the effects of selfies on body image and social interaction as well as how people seek out supportive messages through different communication means. 


AngelaAngela N. Gist, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2014) is an organizational communication scholar and tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Gist's research in organizational communication focuses on issues of social mobility and power in organized contexts. Her critical interpretive approach to scholarship analyzes topics related to organizational culture, social class, and social identity. Her most recent projects explore topics including the socialization and social support communication of first generation college students, the use of metaphor in sensemaking processes of low-income workers, and the divergent communication training across white-collar and blue-collar job seekers. Dr. Gist teaches classes about social identity and stigma, dyadic communication in the workplace, organizational culture, and qualitative research methodology.

DaniDanielle Halliwell, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2016) is an interpersonal communication scholar and tenure-track Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University in the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Halliwell's teaching and research focus on the role technology plays in interpersonal relationships, communicative sense-making, and the construction of individual and relational identities.

"I'll always cherish the days I spent in Switzler Hall and I'm honored to be a MizzouComm alum!"



HK. Megan Hopper, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2010) is a tenure track assistant professor of journalism in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. Dr. Hopper’s research focuses on the sexual objectification of the female body in the media, the training and experiences of journalists, and the use and impact of new media. Her teaching interests include introduction to mass communication, media and society, mass media theory and effects, reporting for the mass media, and media convergence.



PeterPeter R. Jensen, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2016) is an organizational communication scholar and tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama. Dr. Jensen is currently teaching classes on organizational communication, and he is excited to teach his first graduate class next semester.  Also, Dr. Jensen is continuing the research he began at the University of Missouri, examining alternative ways to organize around social problems like homelessness.




kyungKyungbo Kim, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2013) is a Research Professor in the Graduate School of Communication and Arts at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Following graduation from the University of Missouri, she received young scholar support funds from the Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies, and the Korean Association for Broadcasting & Telecommunication Studies. In terms of research, Dr. Kim is interested in investigating how media influences women's mental and physical health, how people process health information in the media, and media literacy. She is currently examining the use of online games for promoting health behaviors. 


wWanjiru G. Mbure, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2011) is a mediated communication scholar and tenure-track assistant professor of communication in the Department of Communication at Stonehill College. Dr. Mbure’s work examines the intersection of race, gender, and media in shaping public discourses of the black body. Her recent research projects explore diverse topics including colorism in women’s magazines, the role of blogs and Facebook in the creation of non-normative sexual scripts in Kenya, mommy blogging, and pedagogical best-practices on race and ethnicity in the college classroom. Dr. Mbure teaches courses in media and society, new media, gender and communication, race, gender and new media, media and body image, and media theory. 


Ryan Montague, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2012) is an Ryaninterpersonal communication scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. Dr. Montague recently published a popular-press book titled, Divine Opportunity: Finding God in the Conversations of Everyday Life. This work is based upon Dr. Montague's dissertation research on divine appointment conversations and missed opportunities for conversation. Additionally, Dr. Montague has recently co-hosted a TEDx event, he regularly delivers keynote presentations on marital communication and emotional intelligence, and he has a beautiful wife (Debbie) and two amazing kids (David-age 5 and Makenna-age 3). Dr. Montague teaches classes on interpersonal communication, family communication, persuasion and attitude change, emotional intelligence, and research methods.

emilyEmily Rauscher, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2012) is a tenure track assistant professor of health communication in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. Dr. Rauscher’s work explores the intersection of family, health, and interpersonal communication, focusing specifically on how families manage information and communicate about family health history and genetic disease risk within and outside family boundaries. Her past research has explored these processes and given practical advice about how genetic counselors might incorporate existing family communication styles into genetic counseling sessions. In Fall 2016, Dr. Rauscher spent the semester in Washington, D.C. conducting research at the National Human Genome Research Institute examining patient discussions and disclosures of genetic panel testing information to at-risk family members. Dr. Rauscher teaches health in the family, communicating about genetics and family health history, survey of health communication, and survey of interpersonal communication.

smithSiobhan E. Smith, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2010) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Louisville. Dr. Smith’s research interests include media literacy and cultural diversity. She teaches courses in mass media, race, and culture. Siobhan loves reading, spending time with friends and family, and watching and teaching courses on reality television and the paranormal. M-I-Z..!




mMatthew L. Spialek, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2016) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas. His research examines how individuals build relationships within communication ecologies in order to foster the civic life, public health, and resilience of communities that have or are at risk of experiencing crises and disasters. In addition to his work on public disaster communication campaigns and interventions, Dr. Spialek teaches courses in crisis communication, research methods, and strategic communication for community resilience.