Located below you will find a list of MDC research associates and what they will be involved with at NCA this year.  There is a special session on Thursday November 16th created by the MDC called Examining the State and Impact of Diversity in the Modern Media Landscape from 9:30 to 10:45 in the m


Gerding Speno, A., & Stevens Aubrey, J. (2017).


 Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) at University of Missouri

Dr. Brad Bond

Dr. Bradley Bond was interviewed by NBC 7 San Diego about Slacktivism.  You can watch the story at the link below!

Bad girls

Scharrer, E., & Blackburn, G. (2017). Is TV a Bad Girls Club? Television use, docusoap viewing, and the cultivation of approval of aggression.


Dr. Lissa Behm-Morawitz
University of Missouri

Can Second Life Make Health a First Priority? Examining Exercise Efficacy and Motivations in a Virtual Environment (Technology and Health, May 26, 2, Indigo 202B, 2 – 3:15 pm)


Alumna Srividya Ramasubramanian lectures on 'Geeks, Dragon Ladies and Perpetual Foreigners: Countering Stereotypes of Asian-Americans in the Media and Beyond'


Ashton Gerding Speno, Ph.D., is a Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Communication, Health Sciences, and Women's and Gender Studies, at the University of Missouri (B.A., Communication, University of Missouri, 2009; M.A., Communication, University of Delaware, 2011;


Riles, J., Varava, K., Pilny, A., & Tewksbury, D. (forthcoming).

Jennifer Lewallen, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication, with a research appointment in the Reynolds Journalism Institute, at the University of Missouri (B.A., Communication, University of California Santa Barbara, 2008; M.A., Mediated and Mass Communi


We are pleased to welcome you to the website for the Media & Diversity Center (MDC)!   The MDC conducts research on the diversity of representations in traditional and digital media as well as the effects of media on cognition, emotion, identity, and behavior.