Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Professor
Michael Whalen is a documentary filmmaker who teaches screenwriting, film/tv production and history courses on Hollywood and the U.S. film/television industry. Prior to returning to Santa Clara to teach, he spent 10 years living in Los Angeles as a working television writer, producer and director.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Helen manages the Communication Department office.
Chris Bachen’s research focuses on media and youth. Her current research focuses on computer game- and web-based learning and youth civic engagement. She also serves as director of assessment and co-director of the Collaborative for Teaching Innovation for the university.
Justin Boren studies the impact of creating socially-supportive organizations and how supportive climates lead to improvements in psychological and physiological stress among coworkers. He teaches courses on organizational and interpersonal communication, organizational training and development, quantitative research methods, and biological approaches to human interaction.
Hsin-I Cheng teaches intercultural and interpersonal communication courses with topics on relationship building in both U.S. and global contexts. Her research interests cross boundaries of communication, immigration, and globalization from critical and qualitative perspectives. She is the author of Culturing Interface: Identity, Communication, and Chinese Transnationalism.
Rohit Chopra teaches courses on global media and international communication, new media technologies, and postcolonial media. His current research projects focus on the relationship between memory, violence, and digital media.
Lisa Davis teaches a variety of journalism courses and communication law. She has more than 20 years experience as a professional journalist and is the author of The Sins of Brother Curtis: A Story of Betrayal, Conviction and the Mormon Church.
Patrick A. Donohoe, S.J. Professor/ Chair of Women's & Gender Studies
Laura Ellingson teaches classes in gender & communication, health communication, and feminist research methods. She conducts research on communication and collaboration among health care providers in hospitals and clinics and on communication in extended and chosen families.
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Amy Tully Eriksson teaches a variety of communication courses, including public speaking and interpersonal communication.
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Jingjing Han teaches communication and technology, quantitative research methods, and media in a global world. Her research focuses on cognitive and emotional processing during media use.
Katharine Heintz teaches courses in media studies/mass communication. She is particularly interested in how the media impact children and families, and the role of the media in social change.
Andrew Ishak's work is focused on communication of teams and organizations that work in high-pressure situations, such as tactical police units, fire crews, and sports teams. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on sports and identity.
Barbara Kelley teaches a variety of journalism courses and serves as director of the journalism emphasis. She is a journalist, regular Huffington Post columnist, keynote speaker and the co-author of "Undecided: How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find the Career and Life That's Right for You."
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer
Lotta Kratz teaches classes in media studies, diversity, technology, and visual communication (still photography). In 2013, she has shown photography in shows in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Emile McAnany has focused his research on the social and cultural impacts of various communication technologies in Third World countries, especially Latin America.
Nico Opper is an Emmy®-nominated filmmaker who teaches production and history courses. Her work focuses on young people's identities in nontraditional families. She's the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking and has been one of Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
Chad Raphael teaches courses on communication and technology, law, journalism, and the environment. His scholarship focuses on political communication, including journalism and politics, public deliberation in citizen forums, and the use of web sites and games for civic education and engagement.
Emily Ray Reese is a filmmaker from a ghost town in the mountains of New Mexico. Her work has appeared at Sundance, Palm Springs ShortsFest, Outfest, and the New York International Latino Film Festival. She teaches all production labs in the digital filmmaking area and organizes workshops around screenwriting, production and editing.
Sreela Sarkar's areas of research and teaching include global media studies, postcolonial studies, feminist theory and methods, urban studies, and critical policy and legal studies.
Fern Silva is an accomplished technology professional with experience in directing an Information Services department; the planning, design and implementation of diverse multi-vendor customer training labs, vendor compatibility load and stress labs; and UNIX development environments, including Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX and Linux. Mr. Silva is also a technical consultant to business owners and individuals.
Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Professor
Paul Soukup, S.J., teaches courses in technology and communication, and does research on religious communication. He has authored or edited a number of books and works with both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the American Bible Society on communication issues.
SunWolf is a former trial attorney, now a social scientist studying persuasion, social behavior, and storytelling. Her books and research have received numerous national awards, including a university award for a faculty member whose scholarly work over five years represents a major contribution to a field of knowledge.
Chan Thai teaches courses on communication and technology, health communication, and the strategic design of communication campaigns to promote behavior change.
Senior Lecturer/Media Advisor
Gordon Young teaches a variety of journalism courses and serves as faculty advisor for the university's student newspaper, yearbook, and community radio station. He is the author of "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City."