Pokes in Paris

This May, MESA graduate students and faculty will be presenting their research at the 72nd Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Paris, France. 

Graduate Student Kelli Norton and Graduate Coordinator Jared Johnson, Ph.D. are among the group traveling this summer. Norton assisted the research project, Chinese, Russian, Iranian, and Saudi Media Narratives of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, in which the research team analyzed foreign articles to identify common themes, using content analysis to examine the articles. “This project has been my favorite project I’ve worked on in my graduate career. It was incredible to work on a project like this from start to finish,” said Norton. The graduate student has presented research at other conferences, but not one of this magnitude. She was able to co-present another research project titled, Mexican and Northern Triangle Perspectives on Migration: Identifying and Assessing Strategic Narrative Alignment, at the United States Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence Summit (U.S. DHS COE Summit). “I’m looking forward to being surrounded by other researchers and growing my knowledge by seeing their research,” said Norton. 

Elle.KelliEllie Melero (left) and Kelli Norton (right), who will be presenting their research together in Paris this May.Those also travelling to Paris for the annual ICA conference are:

Rosemary Avance, Ph.D.

Asya Cooley, Ph.D.

Skye Cooley, Ph.D.

Rachel Lim, Ph.D.

Lori McKinnon, Ph.D.




Graduate Coordinator Jared Johnson expressed his pride in the SMSC graduate faculty, saying, “This is just one example of how dynamic and cutting-edge our graduate faculty is. They are engaged in research that will shape the future of the industry.” The positive atmosphere between the faculty creates a great environment for such projects. “As you can see, the students benefit from this,” added Dr. Johnson.

Dean Krutz also noted, “It is incredibly meaningful to have OSU faculty and graduate students present. We achieve notoriety in the process, contribute to the scholarly dialogue on important topics, and the faculty and graduate students learn a great deal in the process.” 

To learn more about the MESA Group, click here.

To learn more about the research that will be presented, click here.