Communication Studies Faculty
Angela Cooke-Jackson's research and teaching interests focus on the links between interpersonal relationships, culture, and health among underserved and disparate populations. She has served on a number of research grants and worked as a Health Communication Contractor for the Department of Health in Albuquerque, NM.
Her recent co-authored article (Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 2008) and book chapter focuses on Appalachian culture, reality television and hillbilly stereotypes in entertainment media.
She has presented at regional, national and international conferences such as Kentucky Rural Health Association, Eastern Communication Association, National Communication Association, and Media Ethics Colloquium at the University of Hawaii.
She enjoys using a variety of qualitative research methodologies and truly believes one can conduct research on topics that one is most passion about. Her keen interest in type II diabetes and the transmission of health information among mother-daughter dyads stems from her own experiences of living with a diabetic mother. Beyond her research with African American mother-daughter dyads she recently completed a project that included survey research on Cervical Cancer and HPV knowledge and behavior among rural college-aged females in Eastern Kentucky.
Faculty experts can comment on the upcoming 2013 Boston mayoral race as well as a range of political stories, including initial coverage and ongoing developments leading up to the Massachusetts gubernatorial race in November 2014.
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Dr. Richard West learned that his co-edited anthology ("Sourcebook of Family Communication"/Sage Publications) was selected as the Outstanding Book for the Family Communication Division. The Division, one of the largest units in the National Communication Association (NCA), selects a book each year that represents "exemplary scholarship" as it relates to the family and all of its various issues, themes, and challenges. The award will be presented at NCA"s annual convention in Washington D.C. in November. The book is co-edited with Lynn Turner (Marquette University), who, like West, is a past President of NCA.