Ph.D. Program: Alumni


Graduates of our doctoral program are at leading research universities, teaching colleges and innovative firms across the nation and the world. MJ-school doctoral program alumni serve in leadership positions as deans or department chairs at eight universities, including Michigan State and Rutgers. Our recent graduates are professors at schools such as Northwestern and LSU, and the universities of Oregon, Minnesota and Missouri. The Carolina bond and network are strong, with doctoral alumni connecting annually through social events at conferences such as AEJMC and ICA.

Spotlight on Alumni

Meredith Clark '14

Dr. Clark, an assistant professor in the University of Virginia's Department of Media Studies, earned the 2015 AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Dissertation Award for her MJ-school dissertation on “Black Twitter.” Her recent research explores use of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and how social media use factors in to personal and community activism. She was named to the Root 100, a list of 100 influential African-Americans. She's currently working as lead investigator on two grant-funded projects sponsored by the Coral Project and the Democracy Fund.


Woodrow Hartzog '11

Dr. Hartzog is a professor at Northeastern University's School of Law and College of Computer and Information Science. An internationally recognized expert in privacy, media and robotics law, he has written more than 50 articles, essays and book chapters. His book, “Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies,” is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.


Chioma Ihekweazu '17

Dr. Ihekweazu is a research scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute, where she conducts health communication and health behavior research. She is involved in primary data collection, data analysis and manuscript development for these projects. Her work involves a mix of grant- and contract-funded research. She also serves as a contributor to Health News Review, a health news watchdog organization, where she reviews the quality of health news stories in the popular press.

Brooke McKeever '11

An associate professor and coordinator of the Master of Mass Communication program at the University of South Carolina, Dr. McKeever earned a certificate in interdisciplinary health communication while in our Ph.D. program. She studies health communication and nonprofit public relations with a focus on advocacy, fundraising and information that helps mobilize publics to improve health and social conditions.