Communication Department appoints renowned scholar as new chair
A nationally recognized researcher and teacher has recently joined the Department of Communication and been elected as its Chair for the next three years. James Shanahan, Ph.D., is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a M.S. degree in Communication (Broadcasting) from Boston University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University. Before coming to Fairfield University, James Shanahan worked as Assistant and Associate Professor at Cornell University, and previously as Assistant Professor at Boston University. Currently, Dr. Shanahan is the outgoing editor of the Mass Communication and Society journal, editorial board member of the American Journal of Media Psychology; Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture; Learning, Media & Technology; and the Journal of
Communication, as well as manuscript reviewer for a number of specialized academic publications. Our new department chair’s experience and impressive track record in research will bring an additional boost to our already highly productive and growing community of scholars. Welcome, Dr. Shanahan!
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