Jeffrey Duncan is a third-year Ph.D. student focusing on entertainment media law. His research examines the social and physical effects of entertainment media using mixed methods, including traditional legal analysis, cultural studies in entertainment media, and psychophysiological experiments of media use and exposure. Current studies investigate consumer attention, cognition, attitudes, and behaviors on topics including advertising disclosures on social media, contracts in mobile applications and games, and video game loot boxes.

Prior to attending Grady, Jeff practiced law for 5 years in Chicago. His experience includes intellectual property and social media management and litigation, entertainment contracts, and landlord-tenant disputes. He currently teaches an undergraduate course on multiplatform writing and prior served as a teaching assistant in public opinion.

Educational Background

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
M.A., Mass Media Studies, University of Georgia
B.A., Communication Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington


Sara Ervin is a third-year PhD student in Grady College at the University of Georgia, concentrating in crisis communication. Her research interests are in emergency preparedness and disaster management. Specifically, how to mitigate communication issues during crisis and examining the role social media has on disasters. Sara has worked for UGA’s College of Public Health for four years. She received a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Valdosta State University.

Conceptualization of a Health Care Coalition Framework in Georgia Based on the Existing Regional Coordinating Hospital Infrastructure Authors: C. Harris, T. Waltz, J. Patrick O’Neal, K. Nadeau, M. Crumpton, S. Ervin | Journal: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness December 2015

Educational Background
M.A. in Mass Communications, Valdosta State University
B.S. in Rural Studies, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College


Educational background

M.A., Mass Communications, Sogang University, South Korea

B.F.A., Communication Design, Konkuk University, South Korea


Marilyn Primovic seeks to understand the ways media influences consumer decision making.

Completing both her B.A. in journalism and M.A. in advertising and public relations from the Grady College in four years, Primovic was named Deborah Norville Journalism Scholar, Peyton T. Anderson Journalism Scholar and M. Tyus Butler Journalism Scholar. While a student, she worked as an investigative reporting intern at America’s largest major market news station, WSB-TV Atlanta. She has worked as a marketing assistant for UGA Recreational Sports since 2016, receiving the highest honor in the department, the Michael G. Warren Award, in 2017.

Primovic looks forward to using these experiences to inform persuasive communication research that can be applied to the field.


Solyee Kim is a Ph.D. student interested in diversity, equity and inclusion in public relations and media practices. Her research focuses on the experiences of marginalized communities including immigrants and racial and ethnic minorities in the practices and industries of public relations and mass communication.

Previously, Solyee worked at a public relations firm in Atlanta and participated in a PRSA award-winning video marketing series. She also interned with a wide range of non-profit organizations including the United Nations Non-Government Liaison Service in New York, the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, the Korean Federation of UNESCO and the Special Olympics. Prior to working in public relations, she worked as a freelance translator and interpreter traveling to the United States and the Middle East for various companies.

She earned her M.A. in journalism and mass communication with a concentration on public relations at the University of Georgia and her B.A. in German language and literature with a minor in political science and diplomacy from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea.


Tong is a PhD student in Advertising and Public Relation. His research interests focus on consumer behavior during corporation crisis and the mediating effect of new media technologies. More specific topics involve the formation and influence of online consumer activism and strategic use of corporate crisis response.

Educational Background

B.A., Advertising, Northwest University, Xi’an, China
M.A., Advertising, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Bryan is a first year Ph.D. student in mass communications. His research interest is on the utilization and evolution of new and emergent forms of media, and how the changing uses of media affect society and the world at large, along with the people who use media every day. Bryan has a secondary research interest into the uses and utilization of new communications technologies, including virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Before becoming a scholar, Bryan was a multimedia journalist for newspapers with experience working for small and medium-circulation publications. Prior to his education as a journalist, Bryan was a 911 operator.

Educational Background

BA Mass Communications – Journalism, University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma)
MS Mass Communications – Media Management, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma)


Shuoya Sun is a first year PhD student at Grady College. Her research interests mainly focus on how information presented in digital ads and its relation to the context would affect consumers’ attitudes and memory.

Educational Background
M.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia
B.A., English / Journalism, Communication University of China, Beijing China


Biographical Statement

Xuerong is a first year PhD student in mass communication at Grady College. Her research interests focus on health and science communication, and risk communication. She is interested in the interactions between individuals and media in context of controversial topics. These include public attitudes toward emerging technology, public understanding of controversial science, the process underlying the attitude change and decision making of the public when exposed to the media.

Educational Background

M.S. in Agricultural Communication, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
B.E. in Food Quality and Safety, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Minor in Journalism, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China