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What's New in the Communication Department

March 30, 2017


Greetings from the Communication Department at Boston College! In this newsletter I want to let you know about news, recent events, and changes in the department. I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights from the past year: 

  • The department continues to broaden its commitment to international and intercultural initiatives both within the curriculum and through collaborative efforts. To this end, the department hosted visiting scholars from Spain and China during the fall semester. Last summer Associate Professor of the Practice Celeste Wells offered a course in New Zealand, and this year the department will offer a course in Rome. Next spring we will offer a new course titled Global Mediated Public Spheres. 
  • This year saw an upgrade to our computers and software in the Media Lab and the creation of a new course in digital storytelling.
  • New faculty books include All-American TV Crime Drama: Feminism and Identity Politics in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit coauthored by Professor Lisa Cuklanz and The Other Air Force: U.S. Efforts to Reshape Middle Eastern Media Since 9/11 by Associate Professor Matt Sienkiewicz. 
  • Assistant Professor Anjali Vats was awarded a full-year AAUW postdoctoral fellowship. She is spending most of the year in residence as a visiting law professor at UC Davis. Assistant Professor Michael Serazio received the Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award in Political Communication 2016 by the National Communication Association and published an opinion piece for Sports Illustrated.

In other news, the department has launched a pilot mentorship program that pairs graduates with current sophomore and junior communication majors. If you are interested in participating in the program, please email me at We are hoping to expand the program each year and are happy to have more participation.  

We are so grateful for the generous gifts we have received from our alumni, and we hope you will consider giving to the Communication Department. We use these funds to do many important things—such as provide fellowship funding for unpaid summer internships. This funding allows students to build their professional experience and skills for the future.


Lisa Cuklanz
Chair, Communication Department