Haley R. Hatfield

PhD Student, Graduate Studies

About: Haley R. Hatfield is a PhD student in Mass Communication concentrating in Advertising at the University of Georgia. Haley’s research explores race-related media effects with an emphasis on Whiteness and virtual environments. With their background in digital art (MFA ‘17, Louisiana State University), Haley develops virtual experiences coupled with psychophysiological measures to examine attitudes influenced by Whiteness to promote prosocial behaviors and anti-racist attitudes. Haley works closely with the Games and Virtual Environments Lab (GAVEL) and the Brain, Body, and Media Lab (BBAM).

Haley is a recipient of the 2022 AEJMC Collaborative Scholars Grant program, Top Papers in the Human Communication & Technology Division at the 2021 NCA 107th Annual Convention, and the Information Systems Division at the 2022 ICA 72nd Annual Conference.

Haley enjoys coaching youth softball and having too many plants.

A link to Haley’s personal website is available here.

Education

M.A. in Media Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
M.F.A. in Fine Arts (Digital Art), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
B.F.A. in Fine Arts (Digital Art), Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Publications:

Hatfield, H. R., Ahn, S. J., Klein, M., & Nowak, K. N. (2022). Confronting whiteness through virtual humans: A systematic review of 20 years of research in prejudice and racial bias using virtual environments. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 27(6), https://doi.org/10.1093/jcmc/zmac016

Conference Presentations:

Hatfield, H., Hoa, H., Klein, M., Fu, Y., Zhang, K., Kim, J., Lee, J., Ahn, S. J. (May 25-29, 2023). Composition of and Collaboration Among Communication Scholars in Twenty Years of ICA (2000-2022) [Paper to be presented]. International Communication Association 73rd Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Hatfield, H. R. & Read, G. L. (2022, November 17-20). Toward Creating Safer Social Virtual Space [Paper presentation]. National Conference Association 108th Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, United States.

Youn-Heil, A. & Hatfield, H. R. (2022, November 17-20). Actions over Intentions: Understanding the associations of insufficient news coverage and racial discrimination on acts of activism [Paper presentation]. Political Communication Division of the National Conference Association 108th Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, United States.

Hatfield, H. R., & Ahn, S. J. (2022, May 26-30). Do Black Lives Matter in the Empathy Machine? Investigating Whiteness and Immersion on Creating a Shared Reality with 360-Degree Video [Paper presentation]. International Communication Association 72nd Annual Conference, Paris, France. ** Top Paper in the Information Systems Division

Hatfield, H. R., Ahn, S. J., Klein, M., & Nowak, K. N. (2021, November 18-21). Confronting whiteness through virtual humans: A systematic review of 20 years of research in prejudice and racial bias using virtual environments [Paper presentation]. National Communication Association 107th Annual Convention, Seattle, WA, United States. ** Top Paper in the Human Communication & Technology Division

Hatfield, H. R. (2020, September 8-9). Whiteness and Virtual Reality [Paper presentation]. Political Communication Division of the 116th American Political Science Association PreConference, Online. ** Supporting Projects Aimed at Representation and Knowledge (SPARK) award

In the News

Haley Hatfield wins Top Paper award for research on racial bias in virtual reality

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