Communication Studies (323) 343-4200

Kamran Afary
Assistant Professor of Communication; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Contact: (323) 343-4260
E-mail: kafary@calstatela.edu

  • Prison pedagogy in communication
  • Iranian diaspora communities
  • Expressive arts as forms of healing
  • Los Angeles, grassroots movements
  • Critical gang studies

Mohammad A. Auwal
Professor of Communication Studies; Ph.D., Ohio University
Contact: (626) 679-3141
E-mail: mauwal@calstatela.edu, mauwal@gmail.com

  • Communication theory
  • Organizational communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Exploitation of migrant workers in the Gulf Arab countries
  • Epistemology and the narratives of 9/11
  • The U.S. relations with the Muslim World

Fluent in: Bangla.


Kevin Baaske
Professor of Communication Studies; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4004
E-mail: kbaaske@calstatela.edu

  • Rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Campaign rhetoric
  • Public argument theory and criticism
  • National and international public policy disputes

Lena Chao
Professor of Communication; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4249
E-mail: lenacyou@calstatela.edu

  • Interpersonal and intercultural communication
  • Public relations
  • Mass communication
  • Racism, Sexism, and the Media: How the Media Continues to Construct American Identities
  • Media experiences of Asians, Pacific Islanders, and women of color

Angela Cooke-Jackson
Associate Professor of Communication; Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Contact: (323) 343-6038
E-mail: acookej@calstatela.edu

  • Health communication & behavioral sciences
  • Health disparities
  • Public health
  • Underrepresented/marginalized populations
  • Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR)

Kate S. Kurtin
Associate Professor of Communication; Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Contact: (323) 343-6033
E-mail: kkurtin@calstatela.edu

  • Mass communication
  • Media effects
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Diving Deeper into Communication: An Introduction and Beyond (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2019)
  • Advertising in Practice (Cognella Academic Publishing, forthcoming 2020)

David Olsen
Professor of Communication Studies; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Contact: (323) 343-4200
E-mail: dolsen@calstatela.edu

  • LGBTQ+ and religious rhetoric 
  • Performance and social change
  • Political rhetoric

Nina F. O’Brien
Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Management; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4264
E-mail: nobrien2@calstatela.edu

  • Organizational and professional communication
  • Organizational networks
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Labor and organization in project-based and creative industries

Kristina Ruiz-Mesa
Associate Professor of Communication; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Email: kruizme@calstatela.edu

  • Communication practices for inclusion
  • Classroom communication
  • Instructional communication

Cynthia Wang
Assistant Professor of Communication; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4200
E-mail: cwang68@calstatela.edu

  • Communication technologies, digital platforms, and the Internet
  • Time and temporality studies
  • Race, gender, and sexuality in the media
  • Critical, cultural, and rhetorical approaches

Elaine Wittenberg
Associate Professor of Communication; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Contact: (323) 343-4200
E-mail: ewitten2@calstatela.edu

  • Health communication
  • Family caregiving
  • Palliative care
  • Cancer care
  • Healthcare provider communication training

Mu Wu
Assistant Professor of Communication; Ph.D., Penn State
Contact: (323) 343-4268
E-mail: mwu33@calstatela.edu

  • New media and technology
  • Psychology of human-computer interaction
  • Mass communication
  • Communication research methods
  • Media effects
  • AD/PR