Department News and Research


Comm Studies Alum Jennifer Cervantes is a New York Times Best-Selling Author

Jennifer Cervantes (BA Communication Studies) is the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book The Storm Runner, a middle age children’s book highlighting the adventures of a young New Mexican boy named Zane and his dog, Rosie. Read more about Jennifer Cervantes and her accomplishments here.




Dr. Anne Hubbell’s book chapter on Organizational Deception recently published in The Palgrave Handbook of Deceptive Communication.

The Palgrave Handbook of Deceptive Communication (2019) brings together more than 100 scholars from an array of fields to unravel the topic of lying and deception in human interaction. This interdisciplinary handbook explores historical and theoretical perspectives on deception, cultural and ethical dimensions of deceptive communication, and strategies for detecting and deterring deceit. Truth-telling, lies, and the many gray areas in-between are examined in the contexts of identity formation, interpersonal relationships, groups and organizations, social and mass media, marketing, advertising, law enforcement interrogations, court, politics, and propaganda.The Palgrave Handbook of Deceptive Communication is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, academics, researchers, practitioners, and anyone interested in the pervasive nature of truth, deception, and ethics in the modern world. To learn more about the text, click here.





Dr. Jeanne Flora, along with Dr. Chris Segrin (University of Arizona), recently published Family Communication (3rd ed.) 

Family Communication carefully examines state-of-the art research and theories of family communication and family relationships. In this edition, Dr. Flora and Dr. Segrin address long standing questions regarding marriage, stepfamilies, and parent-child relationships while also exploring new research on romantic relationship pathways, same-sex marriage and divorce, parenting trends, as well as military families, adoptive families, and families with a transgender member. This text will be useful for students and teachers of family communication, as well as for professionals who work with families and seek an evidence-based understanding of functional and dysfunctional family processes. To learn more about the text, click here.






 Comm Studies Alum Farzaneh Karimkhan Will Present Thesis Research at International Communication Conference in May

Congratulations to Farzaneh Karimkhan, an alum of the Communication Studies program who graduated with her Master’s Degree in 2018. Her master’s thesis “Correlation between Exposure to Cosmetic Related Content on Instagram and Young Female’s Self-Esteem Level” was accepted into ICA (International Communication Association conference) and she will be presenting it in Washington D.C in May 2019. Dr. Kenneth Hacker was her advisor and mentor for this project.





Dr. Jeanne Flora’s research on Tinder (conducted with colleagues from Texas Tech University) earned Top Paper Award at Western States Communication Association conference in February.

Dr. Flora’s research paper with colleagues from Texas Tech entitled “Guilty pleasure? Communicating sexually explicit content on dating apps and attitudes toward the self, other people, and marriage” was named as a Top 4 Paper in the Interpersonal Communication division at the upcoming Western States Communication Association conference.  The team will present their research at the conference, which will be held February 23-25 in Seattle, WA.




Dr. Hacker Served as Mentor in 2018 Domenici Institute Student Scholars Program

In Fall 2018, Dr. Hacker was a mentor in the Domenici Institute Student Scholars program. He was a policy mentor to Government major Samantha Garza (to his right in the photo). Samantha’s policy paper concerns disinformation spread through social media networks. The scholars and their mentors were recognized at the Board of Regents meeting on Friday, December 7, 2018.





Dr. Eric Morgan Receives Outstanding Faculty Award for his Faculty-Led International Program  

In April, NMSU’s Office of Education Abroad participated in the Portland State University Symposium on International Faculty-Led Programs (FLIP). At the Symposium, Dr. Eric Morgan and Dr. Dan Dugas (Department of Geography) were honored as Outstanding Faculty for their Culture, Place, & Communication in Ireland FLIP program. 






Department of Communication Studies Hosted Screening of Tickling Giants.  

On April 25th, the Communication Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) and Undergraduate Communication Club (Lambda Pi Eta) hosted a screening of the 2017 documentary Ticking Giants. The documentary tells the story of Dr. Bassem Youssef, known as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” who decides to abandon his career as a heart surgeon and become a late-night comedian. Tickling Giants covers Youssef’s journey from surgeon to renowned political satirist, and shows how he uses creative, non-violent ways to protect free speech and fight a president who abuses his power. Learn more about this powerful and timely documentary here.





Communication Studies Alumni Are Published Authors 

Check out these published works written by our talented Communication Studies alumni! 
Merj Hemp (MA, 2009): Beyond the Shadow of 3,000 Pairs of Shoes: A Story of Hopelessness, Persistence, and Survival 
Valerie Day-Sánchez (BA, 2008; MA, 2010): Harlow Whittaker and the Soothsayers 
Blessed Ngoe (MA, Fall 2018): The Sinking Ship: A Critical Analysis of Multiculturalism in Postcolonial Cameroon




Dr. Ken Hacker’s New Book Internet and Democracy in the Network Society Released in June 2018 

In their latest collaboration, authors Dr. Ken Hacker and Dr. Jan A.G.M. van Dijk discuss the political importance of new technologies for the promotion of democracy over the last two decades. Designed to encourage critical thinking regarding the relationship between digital media and politics, Internet and Democracy in the Network Society is a helpful resource for students and scholars of communication studies, political science, sociology, political communication, and international relations. Read more about the book here.






Dr. Eric Morgan Co-Edited Recently Published Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

Dr. Eric Morgan, along with colleagues Dr. Tema Milstein and Dr. Mairi Pileggi, recently co-edited a volume of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, an important resource for helping educators, practitioners, and students effectively navigate and consciously contribute to the communication shaping our environmental present and future. Read the editors’ interview with Routledge here and learn more about the book here.








NMSU Research Shows That Technology May Speed Political Polarization

A recent study led by former NMSU Communication Studies Assistant Professor Ivan Dylko (left) and NMSU Psychology Associate Professor Dr. Igor Doglov discovered that customization technology may be increasing political selective exposure. Read more. 




Research Explores How Adult Siblings Use Stories to Cope with the Challenges of Caring for Aging Parents

Research by Dr. Danielle Halliwell and colleagues shows that creating positive caregiving narratives can help adult children better adapt to the demands of caring for an aging parent and improve their sibling relationships. Read More.