Graduate Student Research

M.A. Theses Completed

Master's students in the Department of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies are active in research. In addition to presenting their research at regular departmental colloquia, they present at major conferences and publish in scholarly journals.

Here is a list of publications, conference papers, and other scholarly products by recent graduate students (JAMS graduate student names in bold).

Aras Coskuntuncel, "Liberalism without Democracy: Press Freedom and the Turkish Media's Political Economy," presented at the Union for Democratic Communication conference, San Francisco, CA, November 2013.

Aras Coskuntuncel, "The Political Economy of 'Digital Democracy'," Evrensel Kultur, August 2013.

John Vanderhoef
, "Casual Threats: The Feminization of Casual Video Games," Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, June 2013.

Lei Jia,  “Professional, Personal, or Both: Understanding Journalists’ Roles and Ethical Beliefs with Microblogging Practice,” paper presented at the 70th Annual Conference of the New York State Communication Association, Ellenville, NY, October 2012.

Lei Jia and Minchul Kim, “The Effects of Evidence Type, Peer Opinion, and Information Processing on Consumers’ Perceived Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Image in Online Journalism Environment,” to be presented at the 63rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, London, UK, June 2013.

Stacy Blasiola, Yooonmo Sang, and Weiai Xu, "Profiling Opinion Leaders in Twitter Discussion Network:  The Case of the Wisconsin Recall Election," to be presented at the International Communication Association conference, London, UK, June 2013

Yoonmo Sang
and Jonathan Anderson, "Bloggers’ Libel Liability: A Comparative Analysis of South Korea and the United States," Journal of Media Law & Ethics 67:3 (2012).

Minchul Kim and Ji-Eun Kim, “The influence of trust in mainstream media and political anxiety on intention to listen to a political satire: A case of Korea,” Paper presented at the annual conference of World Association for Public Opinion Research, Hong Kong, China, June 2012.

Minchul Kim and Youn-Gon Kang, “Cultivating a dream of happily ever after: A moderated-mediation model of genre-specific television viewing, perceived relevance, identification, and female adolescents’ beliefs about romantic relationships,” Paper presented at the Mid-winter Conference of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, Norman, OK, March 2012.

Alexander Marquardt and Max Neibaur, "Generic Violence: Popular Press Reaction to The Sopranos and the Slasher Film," Paper presented at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2012.

Lawrence Nichols, "Men and Must-Have Shoes: Masculinizing the Sneakerhead Subculture," Paper presented at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2012.

Jing Zhao, "Discursive Online Democracy: The Convergence of E'gao in Chinese Fansnubbing," Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2011.

Dugan Nichols
, "A Skate Park in the Pentagon's Likeness: Militarism, Hegemony, and Skateboarding on the Web," International Journal of Sport and Society 1, no. 2 (2011)

Jing Zhao
, "Online Competition between Media Corporations and Grassroots Fans?: The Failure of Collaborationist Logic in China," Paper presented at the 9th Chinese Internet Research Conference, Washington D.C., May 2011

Stacy Blasiola
, "Say 'Cheese'! Bloggers and Cameras in Wisconsin Courtrooms," Paper presented at the International Communication Association conference, Boston, MA, May 2011

Weiai Xu
, "The Behavior of Internet Censorship in China," Paper presented at the International Communication Association conference, Boston, MA, May 2011

Yoonmo Sang
and Jonathan Anderson, "Bloggers' Libel Liability:  A Comparative Analysis of South Korea and the United States," Poster presentation at the International Communication Association conference, Boston, MA, May 2011

Jing Zhao
, "Chinese 'Decoding' of American TV Shows in the Age of Media Convergence—A Study of Chinese Fansubbing Culture," Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2011

Aarti Basnyat
, "Exploring the Grey Areas of Feminism and Postfeminism In Grey's Anatomy," Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2011

Jake Rollefson
, "'I am NOT a DJ': Girl Talk and the Oxymoron of Performed Authenticity," Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2011

Yoonmo Sang, “A Trope of Asian Female Identity on the American Drama, Lost,” Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture, Toronto, Canada, August 2010.

Yoonmo Sang, “Deep Linking and News Copyright Infringement Problems,” Paper presented at the Annual Midwinter Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Norman, Oklahoma, March 2010.

Miao Feng, “Framing Chinese Milk Scandal: A Comparative Study of Baby Milk Contamination from the American and Chinese Media.” 2010 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, Exington, KY, April 2010.

Melissa Zimdars: “Postfeminist Masculinity: The Case of Two and a Half Men,” Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism, Eugene, OR, paper presented April 2010.

Eric Lohman: "Say Yes to the Mess: Competing Femininities in Wedding Reality Television." Presented at the 2010 Console-ing Passions Conference on Television, Video, New Media, and Feminism. Eugene. University of Oregon. April 2010

John Vanderhoef: “That's Not a Real Game: Gender and Videogame Culture.” Presented at the 2010 Console-ing Passions Conference on Television, Video, New Media, and Feminism. Eugene, University of Oregon, April 2010

David Wise and Paul R. Brewer, “News about News in a Presidential Primary Campaign: Press Metacoverage on Evening News, Political Talk, and Political Comedy Programs,” Atlantic Journal of Communication, 18 (3): 127-143 (2010).

David Wise and Paul R. Brewer, "Competing Frames for a Public Health Issue and Their Effects on Public Opinion," Mass Communication and Society (forthcoming)

David Wise
and Paul R. Brewer, “News about News in a Presidential Primary Campaign: Press Metacoverage on Evening News, Political Talk, and Political Comedy Programs,” Atlantic Journal of Communication, 18(3):127-143 (2010).

Xuan Liang
and Jing Zhang, "The Persuasion Effects of Watching a Documentary Film: Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on U.S. Saipan," presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, August 2009.

James Carviou
, "Politics through Online Videos," presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, November 2008.

David Wise
and Paul R. Brewer, "Competing Frames for a Public Health Issue and Their Effects on Public Opinion," presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, November 2008.

David Wise
and Paul R. Brewer, " News about News in a Presidential Primary Campaign: Press Metacoverage on Evening News, Political Talk, and Political Comedy Programs," presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, November 2008.

Andrew Pease
and Paul R. Brewer, "The Oprah Factor: The Effects of a Celebrity Endorsement in a Presidential Primary Campaign." International Journal of Press/Politics 13(4): 386-400 (2008)

David Pritchard, Christopher Terry, and Paul R. Brewer, "One Owner, One Voice? Testing a Central Premise of Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership," Communication Law and Policy, 13(1): 1-28 (2008).

Paul R. Brewer and Andrew Pease, "The United States," in Hugh Compston and Ian Bailey (Eds.), Turning Down the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Paul R. Brewer and Timothy Macafee, "Anchors Away: Media Framing of Broadcast Television News Anchors," Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 12(4):3-19 (2007).

Paul R. Brewer and Emily Marquardt, "Mock News and Democracy: Analyzing The Daily Show," Atlantic Journal of Communication, 15(4):231-248 (2007).

Nicholas Grider
, "'Faces of the Fallen' and the Dematerialization of the American War Memorial," Visual Communication 6(3):265-279 (2007).

David Pritchard and Sarah Stonbely, "Racial Profiling in the Newsroom," Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 84(2):477-493 (2007).

Emily Marquardt
, "Congressional Scandals: Coverage and Public Opinion," presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, November 2007.

Paul R. Brewer and Timothy Macafee, "Anchors Away: Media Framing of Broadcast Television News Anchors," presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, November 2007.

Melody Hoffmann
, "'It Looks Like Chaos': A Critical Feminist Analysis of Milwaukee Women's Roller Derby," presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Popular Culture Association, Kansas City, October 2007.

Paul R. Brewer and Xiaoxia Cao, "Candidate Appearances on Soft News Shows and Public Knowledge about Primary Campaigns," Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 50(1):18-35 (2006).

Elizabeth Cardwell
, "Days in Iraq: Patriotism and an American Soap Opera," presented at the annual Console-ing Passions International Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2006.

Maureen Fitzpatrick "Queer Heteronormativity on the Internet," presented at the annual Console-ing Passions International Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2006.

Maureen Fitzpatrick "Degendering the Consumer Whore," presented at the Version>06: Parallel Cities Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2006.

Nicholas Grider, "Queering the Android: Gender Play in the Films and Videos of Chris Cunningham," presented at the annual Console-ing Passions International Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2006.

Nicholas Grider, "The Gift of Space: Mp3 Blogs and the Gift Economy," presented at the Merging Methodologies 3 conference, Madison, WI, February 2006.

Erin Hareng, "You're Hired! You're Fired! Winners, Losers, and Viewers' Online Reactions to The Apprentice," presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany, June 2006, the annual Console-ing Passions International Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2006, and the Merging Methodologies 3 conference, Madison, WI, February 2006.

Melody Hoffmann, "Sex with Her Hands: Female-produced Internet Pornography and DIY Culture," presented at the annual Console-ing Passions International Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2006.

Jessica Birthisel, Lindsay Bosch, and Beth Bonnstetter, "Pass the Remote: The iGeneneration," Flow, 2(5) (2005).

Chris Terry, Cate Racek, and Cory Maclauchlin, "Pass the Remote: Catch and Release," Flow, 2(4) (2005).

Shana Heinricy, Matt Payne, and Angela McManaman, "Pass the Remote: Adult Swim," Flow, 2(2) (2005).

Tess Gallun, "Death's Conflicted Responsibility: Female Photojournalists and Frontline Ethics," presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New York, May 2005.

Kristin Kitzman, "The Changing Nature of Eating Disorders: Computer-Mediated Communication and the Advent of the Pro-Ana Movement," presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New York, May 2005.

Nicholas Grider, "From Case Studies to Life Stories: A Discussion of the Historical Development of Autism Spectrum Disorders within the Scientific Community and the Mass Media," presented at the annual meeting jointly sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New York, March 2005.

Jennifer Janscha, "Voluntary Domestic Censorship Rationales and Realities in Wisconsin During World War II," presented at the annual meeting jointly sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New York, March 2005.

Paul R. Brewer and Xiaoxia Cao, "Candidate Appearances on Soft News Shows and Public Awareness of Primary Campaigns," presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, September 2004.

David Pritchard and Sarah Brzezinski, "Racial Profiling in the Newsroom: A Case Study," presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto, August 2004.

Diane Slocum, "Resisting Moral Panic: The Arena and the Divorce Problem, 1889-1909," presented at the annual meeting jointly sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New York, March 2004.