CCS Officers


Adina Schneeweis (CCSD Head) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA. She specializes in international communication, with focus on Eastern Europe, ethnicity and race, gender, identity, advocacy communication, and the analysis of institutional discourses. Her research examines the constructions of the Gypsy/Roma communities in the press, within the advocacy movement for Roma rights, and in worldwide popular culture.

Madeleine Esch (Vice Head) is an Associate Professor in the department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Her research mainly focuses on lifestyle and reality television with particular interests in gender, domesticity and consumer culture. An article on antiques-themed television and masculinity is forthcoming in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado –Boulder.

Suman Mishra (Secretary) is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University. Her research interests are in intercultural communication, integrated marketing communication, visual communication and health communication. Her work often focuses on issues of race, class and gender in the media. She has several publications in prominent journals including, Howard Journal of CommunicationVisual CommunicationJournal of Magazine & New MediaWomen’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Third World Quarterly. She earned her Ph.D. from Temple University.

Peter Joseph Gloviczki (Lead Research Chair) works as an Assistant Professor of communication at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, where he also serves as coordinator of the communication program. His first scholarly book is Journalism and Memorialization in the Age of Social Media (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). His journal articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Health Communication, Humanity and Society, Journal of Loss and Trauma and The Qualitative Report.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2012.

Ruth DeFoster (Co-research Chair) earned her PhD in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 2015. Her research focuses on media coverage of terrorism, mass shootings, crime and identity. She currently teaches Communication Studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is writing her first book, Terrorizing the Masses: Identity, Mass Shootings, and the Media Construction of ‘Terror.’

Jeanne Criswell (PF & R Chair) is an Associate Professor, director of the journalism program, and adviser to The Reflector and The Reflector Online at the University of Indianapolis.  She has served a number of terms as Professional Freedom and Responsibility Chair for the Cultural and Critical Studies Division because she enjoys the duties and believes in what PF&R represents.  She also serves on the board of directors of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, on the Advisory Council of College Media Association and as a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Chelsea Reynolds (Graduate Liaison) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she researches the intersections of journalism, online communities, and diversity. She teaches courses on online sexuality, news writing, diversity, and new media culture. Chelsea‘s dissertation examines U.S. news about Craigslist sex forums. You can find her work in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, and Media Report to Women. She lives in Chicago and will begin teaching at DePaul University’s College of Communication in Winter 2017.

Jessica Maddox (Graduate Liaison) is a PhD student in Entertainment and Media Studies in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Her research interests are the intersections of popular culture and digital cultures, with a focus on visuality. Her work is forthcoming in the Journal of Popular Culture.

Robby Byrd (Website Manager/Newsletter Editor) is an assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Memphis. His research focuses on LGBTQ media and media representations via a queer lens. His previous research has examined the intersections of sexuality, gender/gender identity, race and class in network television, public memory of historical events, sport and print media. He earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi.