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 Contributor Biographies 8.2

Rowena L. Briones, M.A., is a doctoral student and instructor of record in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland studying public relations and health communication. Rowenas research interests include the intersection of public relations, social media and the Web, and health and risk communication campaigns. Currently, Rowena works as an analyst for a research and consulting firm in Maryland, conducting projects for a number of governmental and non-profit agencies.

Thomas Campbell is a second year masters student studying Communication with a focus in public relations at the University of Maryland. His research interests include terrorism and counterterrorism studies as it relates to public relations.  In particular, he is interested in how publics make meaning of counterterrorism messages. 

Lisa Fall has been teaching public relations since 1992. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee. Her research specialties are travel/tourism and consumer behaviour. Fall also studies alternative teaching platforms, including compressed, hybrid and online class formats. Most recently, Fall was awarded a year-long Research Fellowship with the Office of Innovative Technology at UT.

Karen M. Hilyard is assistant professor of health communication at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, with research interests in health, risk and crisis communication, particularly as they relate to disasters and public health emergencies. Previously, she taught public relations at the University of Tennessee.  Before receiving her doctorate in journalism and mass communication, Dr. Hilyard was a public relations executive and agency owner, and also spent eight years as a producer for CNN.

Tatjana M. Hocke is a public relations doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Her research interests include health, risk, and crisis communication particularly for children and families.  Her research has been presented in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Tatjana received a Masters degree in Communication Studies/Public Relations from the University of Houston.  At the University of Leipzig (Germany), she completed her undergraduate degree and gained a second M.A., in Media Pedagogy and Public Relations. 

Leysan F. Khakimova is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland studying public relations. Her research focuses on the role of media and culture in public diplomacy and global communication. Leysans previous experience includes working at corporate, international, and non-governmental organisations. She received her M.A. degree in Communication from the University of Kansas, which she visited as a Fulbright scholar. 

Jeong-Nam Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. His research areas are strategic management of public relations, public behaviors, health/risk communication, and online and offline communicative actions among publics. He and Dr. James E. Grunig of the University of Maryland developed a Situational Theory of Problem Solving (STOPS), a generalised version of the situational theory of publics. Currently, he is conducting research using the new situational theory in the areas of public relations, public opinion, and health, risk, and environmental communication. Jeong-Nam Kim teaches graduate and undergraduate public relations courses such as Seminar of Publics in Public Relations, Theories of Public Relations (graduate) and Problems in Public Relations (undergraduate).

Soojin Kim, a doctoral student at Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University, is interested in publics behaviors and the strategic management of public relations which affects publics behaviors. She explores various types of publics information behaviors in different contexts including consumer, activist, health, environmental risk and new media contexts. She is also looking at how organisations' behaviours or decisions along with key antecedents can affect publics' behaviors, organisation-public relationships, and organisational effectiveness.

Alessandro Lovari (Ph.D. in Communication Sciences at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) works at the University of Siena Department of Communication. His main research interests are public communication, university communication and the relationships between public administrations, media and citizens, in particular focusing on the role of ICT and digital technologies. He also studies the characteristics of Web 2.0 and social media and their impact on organizations and citizens' behaviors. He teaches seminars at undergraduate and graduate level at University of Siena and in other Italian universities.

Dr. Charles Chuck Lubbers is a Professor at The University of South Dakota where he teaches public relations and advertising.  Lubbers serves on the editorial board of three publications, has published over 50 articles and book chapters, and has served as the head of the public relations divisions for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the National Communication Association (NCA). His research interests are in the areas of travel/tourism, pedagogy and entertainment studies.

Stephanie Madden recently received her M.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland with a special emphasis in public relations and rhetoric. Stephanies research interests include activist publics and organisations, storytelling, social movements, and campaigns for social justice. Stephanie currently works at a research center at the University of Maryland, assisting with outreach communication and developing a training program for U.S. local leaders on effective risk communication practices related to homeland-security threats.

Erin is an assistant professor at Kennesaw State University.  She is a specialist in the study of children and media and holds degrees in both psychology and communication.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia.

Kathleen (Katie) Stansberry is a doctoral student in the communication and society program at the University of Oregon, studying public relations, health communications and new media. Katies work explores online, interest-based communities and the changing roles professional communicators must assume to effectively communicate with them. Katie has worked in corporate and agency public relations for the last eight years and most recently held the position of online community manager for the International Society for Technology in Education.

Natalie T. J. Tindall is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations and journalism. The intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation influence her primary research areas of diversity in the public relations profession and diversity among organisational publics. Her additional research interests include health, public relations, university and college fund-raising, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and Black fraternal organisations.

Jennifer Vardeman-Winter is an assistant professor at the University of Houstons (UHs) Jack J. Valenti School of Communication where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations. She is also an affiliate faculty member in UHs Womens Studies Program. Her studies are concentrated in public relations campaigns, health communication, and multicultural feminist research.

Kelly Vibber is a doctoral student in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She is doing research in both digital public relations and public diplomacy. Her research interests focus on understanding the impact of digitalisation and globalisation on the field of public relations and how these changes should inform the practice and understanding of the field.


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