Affiliates & Emeritus

Affiliated Faculty

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication maintains affiliate relationships with a number of faculty members in other departments. These individuals bring expertise in a range of related disciplines and strengthen and broaden our School’s offerings.  Each has been nominated by a faculty member, and each has agreed to serve in a three-year renewable “zero percent” affiliate appointment with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Barry Burden, Professor, Political Science (2018-2021)

Professor Burden’s research and teaching focus on U.S. elections, public opinion, representation, and the U.S. Congress. His recent research has centered on aspects of election administration and voter participation. He is the author of Personal Roots of Representation and co-author with David Kimball of Why Americans Split Their Tickets.  Burden has published articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Election Law Journal. Burden earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University and was a faculty member at Harvard University before joining UW-Madison in 2006.

Katherine Cramer, Professor, Political Science (2018-2021)

Professor Cramer’s work focuses on the way people in the U.S. make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, whereby she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the ways they understand public affairs. Her most recent book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Louise Mares, Professor, Communication Arts (2018-2021)

Professor Mares’s research focuses on children, particularly the possibility that television and other media can be used for positive social change, including reducing prejudice. In her research on adults, she has examined what it is about aging that might cause changes in media use and effects, such as how the emotional experiences we seek out via media use vary across the life span. Her recent work has extended into health communication through her collaborations with CHESS around the use of social technology to support active aging among older adults.

Zhongdang Pan, Professor, Communication Arts (2018-2021)

Professor Pan has conducted research on media and social changes in the People’s Republic of China. His research focuses on mediated communication in politics and public life. He has published research on news framing and its effects, significance of political talk, implications of perceptions of media effects, news production and media effects on values in China, and civic implications of the Internet in China. He is currently conducting research on how individuals may use diverse media sources in politics with distinct civic outcomes and how civic ideals may inspire the journalistic practices that may contribute positively to the emergence of civic culture  in China.

Karl Rohe, Associate Professor, Statistics (2018-2021)

Professor Rohe specializes in network analysis and statistical machine learning, including graph sampling, community detection, graph contextualization, and social clustering. He often applies these techniques in collaboration with political communication scholars working in the School of Journalism and Department of Political Science for the detection of online communities and the flow of information diffusion through large networks.

Catalina Toma, Associate Professor, Communication Arts (2018-2021)

Professor Toma’s research examines how people understand and relate to one another when interacting via communication technologies (online dating, social network sites, blogs, etc.). She focuses on the impact of communication technologies on relational processes such as: Impression management and impression formation, Deception and trust, Self-worth, self-esteem and emotional well-being, and Interpersonal attraction and relationship development, She is also interested in how language is produced and interpreted in computer-mediated contexts, especially as it relates to self-presenters’ deceptiveness and perceived trustworthiness.


Professor Ray Anderson

Professor Ray Anderson was with SJMC from 1981-1996. He taught graduate seminars in specialized reporting as well as courses in feature writing, public affairs reporting, foreign reporting and editorial and column writing. A long-time reporter for The New York Times, Ray spent many years in Eastern Europe as a correspondent before leaving the newspaper to join the school as a professional in residence. He often returned to the Times over summer breaks to work the copy desk, and in his later years with the school he signed on during the summers with The International Herald Tribune.

Professor William B. Blankenburg

Professor William Blankenburg joined SJMC in 1968. In the 29 years that followed, he taught courses in news writing, reporting, journalism ethics, and the economics of newspapers, as well as the connections between media and society. He was a long-time head of the news-editorial sequence in the undergraduate program and has been a frequent public commentator on the economics of and ethics in the press. He retired from the UW in 1997.

James P. Danky, Faculty Associate, Journalism and Mass Communication

Expert on alternative press in America and now the African Diaspora. Founded and directed the Print Culture Center. Faculty Associate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1990 where he taught the course “Mass Media and Minorities” for a decade. Today he limits his activities to working with faculty and graduate students when asked.

Professor Robert Drechsel

Professor Robert Drechsel held the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics and was director of the School’s Center for Journalism Ethics. He also held an affiliated faculty appointment in the Law School. Drechsel served as director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 1991-98. His research and teaching focused primarily on media law, the relationship between media law and media ethics, and media coverage of the judiciary. He joined the Wisconsin faculty in 1983 after spending four years as an assistant professor at Colorado State University. Most recently, the former has focused on the relationship between law, ethics and professionalism, the latter on local television and newspaper coverage of the justice system. Drechsel is the author of one book, News Making in the Trial Courts, and articles in a variety of legal and communication journals. His work on journalist-source interaction in trial courts has been cited by the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Sharon Dunwoody

Evjue-Bascom Professor Sharon Dunwoody joined SJMC in 1981. Whether investigating how news audiences understand the meaning of risk and uncertainty in an increasingly complicated and technological world, or exploring the ways that new media tools enable and constrain the search for information about controversial scientific topics like nanotechnology and global climate change, Dunwoody’s research has helped generations of journalists and scientists to become better translators of complex ideas for both publics and politicians. A former Director of the school and a former associate dean for Graduate Education, she retired from the UW in 2013, winning the UW–Madison Hilldale Award for Social Studies that same year.

Professor Albert C. Gunther

Professor Al Gunther taught courses in journalism writing, health communication and graduate seminars in theory and research methods. Gunther’s research interests focused on the psychology of the media audience, particularly partisans and special interest groups. Most of this research is set in the context of science or public-health controversies. His work has won over a dozen top-paper awards at major international meetings and in 2006 he received the International Communication Association’s Outstanding Article award for the “best article published in the field of communication during the past two years.” He has received over $1.8 million in research funding from numerous sources including the USDA, NSF, NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation. His international work includes research collaborations and/or sabbaticals in Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Israel and France.

Professor Robert Hawkins

Professor Robert Hawkins joined the school in 1973, and over his 30+ years of service, taught a range of courses, including effects of mass communication, mass media and youth, health communication, mass communication and the individual, communication research design, and cognitive theory of communication. Hawkins’s research addressed use, attention to, and comprehension of mass communication, cognitive processes in mass media use and effects, perceptions of social reality, and styles of media use. At the time of his retirement in 2005, he was the school’s most often-cited scholar. Professor Hawkins continues to participate in research projects at UW–Madison, especially as part of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies.

Professor James Hoyt

Professor James Hoyt joined the SJMC faculty in 1973 and spent the next 29 years teaching courses in broadcast and electronic journalism and journalism ethics, along with the school’s introductory course to mass communication. He served as director of SJMC from 1981 to 1991, and Chairman of the UW Athletic Board and as Wisconsin’s Faculty Representative to the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference from 1991 to 2000. He received his Bachelor’s (1965), Master’s (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees from UW–Madison. In 2002 the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication named him their Outstanding Broadcast Educator, and in 2001 the International Radio-Television Society honored him as its Frank Stanton Fellow. In 2017, he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his impact on local news in the Midwest.

Professor Jack McLeod

Professor Jack McLeod made his mark on the SJMC with an impressive 38-year span of education, advising and research. He focused on political communication, mass media effects, public opinion, and the role of media in broadening democratic participation. An internationally esteemed scholar, he joined the UW faculty in 1962, shaping the School of Journalism and Mass Communication into a research and doctoral training powerhouse. He served as director of the Mass Communications Research Center (MCRC) at University of Wisconsin-Madison for 34 years and advised more than 70 Ph.D. students.
He received, among many honors, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Deutschmann Award for a distinguished research career. He retired from SJMC in 2001.

Professor Jack W. Mitchell

Professor Jack Mitchell joined the faculty of the School in 1998 after a 30-year career in public radio. He has taught a wide range of courses, from basic reporting skills and professional media practices to seminars on the history and analysis of non-profit media which serve the public interest. But his most important teaching contribution to our school was his regular leadership of the 400-student Comm-B course “Introduction to mass communication,” where he not only introduced thousands of students to our major, but also mentored dozens of graduate teaching assistants by providing an exemplary model of classroom organization and instruction.  Mitchell’s awards include the Edward Elson National Public Radio Distinguished Service Award, the UW-Extension Award for Excellence, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award, public radio’s highest honor. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Professor Stephen Vaughn

Professor Stephen Vaughn joined the University of Wisconsin faculty in 1981 after having taught three years at Indiana University and a year at the University of Oregon. Vaughn’s scholarship focused on such topics as propaganda, the uses of history, the relationship between the entertainment industries and American politics, censorship, and in recent years, the history and social influence of new media. He is the author of four books: Holding Fast the Inner Lines, The Vital Past, Ronald Reagan in Hollywood and Freedom and Entertainment. At the time Vaughn retired, he was completing The Age of New Media, 1975-1930, about the ways new technologies were received at the time of their invention. Vaughn’s scholarship strongly influenced his teaching. He mentored many graduate students and undergraduates during his 35 years at UW.  He directed more than a dozen Ph.D. dissertations and some of his students now teach at such American institutions as UW-Madison, DePaul University, and Colorado State University, as well as schools abroad. He was the winner of two Fulbright Awards, one of which involved teaching in the former Soviet Union.