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Communication Studies



Department Chair

Leeva Chung

Leeva Chung, PhD

Professor, Interim Chair, Communication Studies
(619) 260-5966

Office: Camino Hall 126F

Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.; Tues./Thurs.: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.; and by appointment.

Leeva C. Chung, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1998. She is a professor of Communication Studies, an affiliate faculty member in Ethnic Studies, and faculty onsite coordinator for the Winter Intersession in Hong Kong. Chung has developed a unique and innovative style of teaching which has been recognized with numerous awards on campus, most recently the prestigious Davies Award for Teaching Excellence. Both her undergraduate courses and research focus on identity development, intercultural communication, and team development. She has published a co-authored textbook (with Dr. Stella-Ting-Toomey), book chapters, and research articles. Chung is actively involved in the community, specifically with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, which premiered at USD in 2000. Since then, it has gained an international reputation as one of North America's leading Asian American film festivals.

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Bradley Bond

Bradley Bond, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-2786

Office: Camino Hall 126C

Office Hours: Wed./Fri.: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.; and by appointment.

Bradley J. Bond, PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 2012. Bond offers courses on media effects, communication theory, and research methods. Bond’s research focuses on the relationship between media exposure, identity, and health. His current work examines the development and maintenance of parasocial relationships and the influence of media on the sexual identities and sexual health of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents.

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Jonathan Bowman

Jonathan Bowman, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Associate Dean
(619) 260-4545

Office: Founders Hall 114

Office Hours: Thurs.: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and by appointment.

Jonathan M. Bowman, PhD, associate professor of Communication Studies, teaches courses in human communication processes and the methods through which we obtain that knowledge about communication. He joined USD in 2007 after three years on the faculty at Boston College. Bowman’s research currently focuses on communication processes associated with intimacy and close relationships, with publications addressing male friendships and small group communication. He was the 2014-15 recipient of the National Communication Association Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, the highest teaching honor in the discipline internationally.  He was also the 2014 recipient of the national Western States Communication Association Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2012 recipient of the Keck Faculty Fellowship for his focus on undergraduate research, and Bowman also received the 2013 Innovations in Experiential Education Award for his commitment to high-impact practices and USD's 2012-2013 Outstanding Preceptor Award for excellence in teaching and advising. He serves as a mentor to undergraduates in multiple capacities, particularly those students involved in student government, greek life, academic honors, and/or campus faith-based organizations.

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Mary Brinson

Mary Brinson, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor
(619) 260-2979

Office: Camino Hall 121C/123

Office Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri.: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (C123); Mon./Wed.: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. (C121C); and by appointment.

Mary Brinson, PhD, received her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a visiting assistant professor. Brinson's PhD was completed in the Department of Communication with emphases in the areas of Media Studies and Intergroup/Intercultural Communication. Brinson's work and research is interdisciplinary in nature, and she has thus enhanced her doctoral work with a minor in Global Studies, and previously earned a B.A. in Political Science.

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Esteban del Río

Esteban del Río, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Director, Center for Inclusion and Diversity
(619) 260-7464

Office: Maher Hall 253

Office Hours: Contact the Center for Inclusion & Diversity (x7455) for availability and appointments.

Esteban del Río is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego and currently serves as the Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Director of the Center of Inclusion and Diversity. He earned a PhD in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, working in the area of media and cultural studies. del Río teaches Introduction to Media Studies, Media & Conflict, and International Media.

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Greg Ghio

Greg Ghio

Internship Director
(619) 260-7700

Office: Camino Hall 123

Office Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri.: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.; Tues.: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Greg Ghio directs the internship program in the department of Communication Studies and teaches lower and upper division courses as well. His lower division classes include Introduction to Human Communication and Public Speaking, his upper division offerings are Interpersonal Communication and Organizational Communication. In his spare time he can be found in the ocean or on a beach near one.

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Carole L. Huston

Carole L. Huston, PhD

Professor, Communication Studies
Associate Provost
(619) 260-4553

Office: Hughes Center 214

Office Hours: Contact Provost's Office (x4553)

Carole Huston, PhD, joined USD’s faculty in 1989. She is a professor of Communication Studies and Gender Studies, and currently serves as Associate Provost. She has taught lower and upper division courses in communication theory, research methods, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and the gender studies senior seminar. Her research interests include family business communication as the juncture between interpersonal and organizational communication. She most recently served as the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and has also served as the director of the Center for Educational Excellence, focusing on faculty development programs for the university community.

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Diane Marie Keeling

Diane Marie Keeling, PhD

Assistant Professor
(619) 260-6872

Office: Camino Hall 126D

Office Hours: Tues.: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; Wed.: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Fri.: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Diane Marie Keeling, Ph.D., joined the department of Communication Studies in 2013 after serving on the faculty in the Communication and Journalism department at the University of Maine, Orono. Keeling offers skills, theory, and criticism courses in rhetoric. Her research addresses rhetoric’s intellectual history, posthumanist trends in rhetorical theory and criticism, and the rhetoric of media and the material world.

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Gina Lew

Gina Lew

Professor of Practice
(619) 260-2908

Office: Camino Hall 105B

Office Hours: Tues./Thurs.: 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

Gina Lew was recognized as a Professor of Practice in Fall 2011, the first person to receive this title in the Department of Communication Studies.  She teaches Media Writing, and has also taught Introduction to Media Studies and Advanced Journalism.  Lew is a former award-winning broadcast journalist.  During her career she worked for CBS, NBC, and FOX news in Los Angeles and San Diego.  Her extensive background in reporting allows her to offer a “real world” understanding of the media.   Her courses offer a practical look at how the media think, react and respond to current events.  Through current events students are taught how and why the different disciplines of marketing, public relations, and journalism are related to one another.

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Antonieta Mercado

Antonieta Mercado, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-7644

Office: Camino Hall 126E

Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.; Thurs.: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Dr. Mercado joined Communication Studies in the Fall of 2012 as an assistant professor in communication and social justice. She teaches classes on Media and Conflict, International Media, Introduction to Media Studies, and Public Relations and Social Movements. 
Dr. Mercado studies the communication and citizenship practices of Mexican indigenous immigrants in the United States, and how those practices extend to the transnational public sphere, contributing to forms of world citizenship or “grassroots cosmopolitanism.” 
She has been working recently on the impact of cultural festivals in the public sphere. 
She is a member of BINACOM, a Binational Communication Organization that brings together schools of communication in both the US and Mexico.

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Kristin Moran

Kristin Moran, PhD

Department Chair, Communication Studies
(619) 260-4085

Office: Camino Hall 126B

Office Hours: On sabbatical Spring 2015

Kristin C. Moran, PhD, joined the Communication Studies department in 1999 as a visiting assistant professor and became a permanent faculty member in 2001. Moran offers media studies courses. Her current research focuses on the reception of Latino-themed and Spanish-language media in the United States. She is an active member of the Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM), an organization devoted cross border collaboration for faculty and students of communication. She currently serves as Chair of the department.

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Roger Pace

Roger Pace, PhD

Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-4059

Office: Camino Hall 121B

Office Hours: On sabbatical Spring 2015

Roger C. Pace, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1987.  He is a professor of Communication Studies and also currently serves as the director of the basic speech courses.   He teaches courses in communication theory and organizational communication.  Pace’s research interests are group and organizational decision making and the effects of emerging technologies on communication patterns and outcomes.  He is the former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Faculty Senate.

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Eric Pierson

Eric Pierson, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-7437

Office: Camino Hall 105D

Office Hours: Tues./Thurs.: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.; Wed.: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

Eric Pierson, PhD, joined the faculty in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty he spent five years teaching at the University of Illinois st Urbana-Champaign while pursuing his PhD He served as chair of the department between Fall 2006 and Spring 2011.

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Susannah Stern

Susannah Stern, PhD

Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-7814

Office: Camino Hall 126A

Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Fri.: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; and by appointment.

Susannah Stern PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 2004, after teaching at Boston College for four years. Stern offers courses that investigate the role of media in contemporary life, particularly as they involve children, adolescents, and women, as well as courses on research methods.  Stern's research focuses on electronic media and youth culture, and she has conducted extensive research on the Internet as a site for cultural consumption and self-expression.

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David Sullivan

David Sullivan, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-4193

Office: Camino Hall 105A

Office Hours: Mon./Wed.: 8:10 - 8:50 a.m.; Tues./Thurs.: 10:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Wed.: 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and by appointment.

David Sullivan, PhD, joined the department of Communication Studies in 1992. Sullivan teaches courses in communication theory, media theory and criticism, journalism, political communication, and mediated sports. He has authored journal articles on the topics of mediated sports and mediated politics that have appeared in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, and Women's Studies in Communication. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he has served as faculty advisor to USD's undergraduate newspaper since he arrived at USD.

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Larry Williamson

Larry Williamson, PhD

Professor, Communication Studies
(619) 260-4060

Office: Camino Hall 105C

Office Hours: Mon./Wed./Fri.: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

Larry Williamson, PhD, began building the Communication Studies department at USD in 1982, and chaired the department from 1985 to 1993. He is a rhetorical critic, and has applied this perspective to the examination of various types of popular texts over the last 26 years. His teaching interests are eclectic and range across subjects like semantics, rhetorical theory, media criticism, and legal communication.

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