Marcus Howard

Research Interests: political and international communication with an emphasis on race, culture and social movements.

Why Grady: “As a native Georgian I was aware that Grady College ranked among the best schools of communication in the country. I thought it offered a friendly and collaborative environment that isn’t present at some places I looked at. I also wanted to live in a city that was affordable and closer to my family.”

Fun Fact: While a student, Howard wrote a book about media literacy in partnership with the Georgia Humanities Council and Atlanta Press Club.

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Marcus Howard chose Grady College based on its national reputation of being a top communications college and its friendly and collaborative environment. (Photos: Sarah E. Freeman)
Andrea Briscoe is earning her doctorate degree in journalism, but appreciates the opportunity to meet many faculty outside the department. (Photos: Sarah E. Freeman)

Andrea Briscoe

Research Interests: Women who are freelance photojournalists. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to learn from them, and I hope to share what I have learned in a way that provides meaningful, positive change for women in photojournalism.”

Why Grady: “The biggest reason I decided to return to UGA for graduate school was the support I felt from faculty. I felt like I would have people cheering for my success if I decided to go here.”

Advice: “When considering pursuing a Ph.D. or deciding on what specific program you would like to attend, make yourself aware of the environment you’ll be in as well as the resources available to you.”

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Shuoya Sun

Research Interests: how media context affects processing and evaluation of digital ads.  “I’m grateful to my collaborators from the Digital Media, Attention, & Cognition Lab. It is their support and hard work that make this award more meaningful.”

Why Grady: “I learned that it’s home of the renowned Peabody Award, offers different concentrations to suit student interests, and enjoys a good reputation nationwide. In addition, it’s in a southern state of subtropical climate with mild winters.”

Fun Fact: Last Fall, Sun was the lead author on a paper that earned recognition at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication virtual conference.

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Shuoya Sun returned to Grady College to pursue her Ph.D. Her research focuses on how media context affects the processing and evaluation of digital ads. (Photo: Sarah E. Freeman)
Solyee Kim is expected to graduate with her doctoral degree in 2022.

Solyee Kim

Research Interests: experiences of marginalized communities including immigrants and racial and ethnic minorities in the public relations and media industries. “It takes a whole village to get a Ph.D. In my case, the village might be a global one.”

Why Grady: “The college has one of the most respected journalism and mass communication programs for graduate students.”

After graduation: “I would love to work in academia researching DEI in PR and media practices and empowering students. Ultimately, I am open to positions that serve public interests.”

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Dr. Nicholas Browning

Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Indiana University

Research Interests: Browning’s research focuses on organization-public relationships (OPRs); more specifically, the impacts organizational ethics and actions have on these relationships within business and political contexts.

Why Grady?: “I knew I wanted to study public relations and that Grady was basically an Ivy League program for that. The diversity of perspectives was evident to me even in my early campus visits. On top of that, the faculty and graduate students were incredibly welcoming, and I felt I could build a home at Grady, both intellectually and personally.”

What is Athens like?: “Awesome. Just flat out awesome. Sure, UGA is a major part of the culture, but there’s so much more going on. The music scene is stellar. The restaurants are amazing. The big events are awesome.”

Dr. Ezequiel Korin

Assistant Professor of Spanish-language Media, University of Nevada, Reno

Research Interests: His research explores the relation of digital technologies and societies from the theoretical approach of critical and cultural studies.

What are the program strengths?: “There are many strengths to this program, from amazing faculty to challenging courses, from an inclusive environment to a rich alumni network. UGA’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication is truly a unique place where you are invited to grow intellectually and personally.”

Best advice?: “Pursuing a Ph.D. is hard and time consuming. You need to approach it as an educational journey that will allow you to delve deeply into topics that fascinate you. As such, make sure you choose well the companions for your journey and enjoy the entire process.”

Dr. Yen-I Lee

Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication, Washington State University

Research Interests: Her primary research is in the areas of health communication and strategic public relations, focusing on the role of messaging content, technology use, visual attention, emotions, and cultural psychology

What are the program strengths?: “There are several strengths of our program. First, our program is a diverse and tailored program. Graduate students can receive very good, solid training in these fields. More importantly, graduate students can also tailor this training to build their own research agenda and expertise.

Second, our program provides a diverse and strong lab resource, such as DMAC eye-tracking lab, BBAM psychophysiology lab, SeeSuite social media analytics lab, and virtual reality lab.

Third, Grady College is an international student friendly program among faculties, students, and staffs. People respect each other and treat each other equally.”

 

Dr. Camila Young

Social Research Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Research Interests: Her research interests focus on digital media as well as the role of the internet and social media affordances on audience perceptions, attention and behavior.

Why Grady?: “Grady College’s Mass Communication Ph.D. program is renown for its rigor and quality. But ultimately, my decision to come to Grady College was based on the school’s and the University of Georgia’s commitment to fostering excellence and diversity.”

Favorite Memory?: “My favorite memory as a Ph.D. student was working as a senior researcher at Grady College’s Digital Media Attention and Cognition (DMAC) Lab. The team would pitch study ideas and work collaboratively to bring those projects to fruition. It was honestly so cool to conduct eye-tracking studies, meet over Jittery Joe’s coffee, and then apply our individual strengths to share our work with others in the field. The experience fostered camaraderie between cohorts, teamwork, and opportunities for graduate students to explore different research interests.”

Ph.D. Profile: Marcus Howard
Marcus Howard is reaching the final stretch of his doctoral degree and he can look back knowing he packed a lot into his time at UGA. While at Grady College, Howard taught several classes including newswriting and Journalism Ethics and Diversity; he wrote a book about media literacy called “How Journalists and the Public Shape […]
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Ph.D. student profile: Andrea Briscoe
Many Ph.D. students return to school to study a subject they experienced first in the work world. Such is the case for Andrea Briscoe (ABJ ’12) who returned to study women who are freelance photojournalists. While Briscoe did not do a lot of freelance work, she did gain experience as the official photographer for Governor […]
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Ph.D. student profile: Shuoya Sun
Shuoya Sun (MA ‘16) found that Grady College with its Digital Media Attention and Cognition (DMAC) Lab was the best place to pursue her research interests: how media context affects processing and evaluation of digital ads. Sun said it was her previous job as a media planner that started her interest in consumer psychology. “I […]
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Ph.D. student profile: Solyee Kim
Solyee Kim (MA ’16) 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 media practices. “Immigrants are some of the marginalized groups in […]
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Grady College faculty and graduate students participate in the AEJMC 2020 Virtual Conference
Faculty and graduate students from Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will present research findings, participating in panels and receiving awards at the 103rd annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference Aug. 6-9, 2020. The conference was originally set in San Francisco and is now an online virtual event due to […]
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Scholarships help doctoral students with summer research
While many Grady College students were enjoying summer internships or travel, others were continuing the work they do throughout the school year—researching communications topics that often contribute to dissertation proposals. Sixteen doctoral students were awarded scholarships this summer to offset research expenses. The scholarships were awarded from the Paul C. and Margaret B. Broun Student […]
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Grady doctoral student’s fake news research becomes book
Marcus E. Howard, journalist and Grady doctoral student, recently wrote a media literacy book in partnership with the Georgia Humanities Council and Atlanta Press Club. “How Journalists and the Public Shape Our Democracy: From Social Media and ‘Fake News’ to Reporting Just the Facts” educate the public on the societal phenomenon surrounding facts and misperceptions […]
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Yen-I Lee was recently selected as one of three recipients of the prestigious Inez Kaiser Graduate Student of Color Award.
Grady doctoral student receives esteemed Inez Kaiser Award for health communication research
Fourth-year doctoral student, Yen-I Lee was recently selected as one of three recipients of the prestigious Inez Kaiser Graduate Student of Color Award. This award is given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in honor of Inez Kaiser, the first African-American woman to be a member of the Public Relations Society […]
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