Research Facilities

Temple’s urban setting in the nation’s fourth largest media market makes the Communication and Social Influence Major an ideal center for cutting-edge research and creative work. Academic and artistic exchanges occur across disciplines here, and our talented professors and inquisitive students explore the role of communication in public life.

You’ll be able to work alone, with other students and with faculty on numerous scholarly and creative projects, conducting research, presenting at conferences and submitting to journals. Travel and research funding is available to help support your work.

Faculty Research

Communication and Social Influence Major faculty are dedicated to your progress as a scholar, offering suggestions and discussing your intellectual and research interests and goals to help you succeed. Students have opportunities to develop creative work alongside award-winning faculty and staff who have extensive professional backgrounds.

Program Achievements

Among the many awards and acknowledgements earned by our faculty and doctoral program students during recent years are the following.

  • Outstanding Book Award
    International Communication Association

  • Outstanding Book Award, Global Communication and Social Change Division
    International Communication Association

  • Outstanding Book Award, Popular Communication Division
    International Communication Association

  • Tom Patterson Best Dissertation Award
    American Political Science Association

  • Top Paper Award, Mass Communication Division
    National Communication Association

  • Top Paper Award, Magazine Division
    ​Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Leadership

Program faculty hold the following leadership positions.

  • Editor-in-chief
    Journal of Communication

  • Chair, Popular Communication Division
    International Communication Association

  • Vice chair, Mass Communication Division
    International Communication Association

  • Chair, Scholarly Review Committee
    International Association for Media and Communication Research

Faculty Research News

Learn more about research initiatives across Temple’s various campuses and programs.

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Deborah Cai

Senior Associate Dean, Professor

Internationally recognized researcher and Klein Professor Deborah Cai has years of specialized experience in intercultural communication, negotiation and conflict management, and social influence. She has edited and been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including Communication Research, Human Communication Research and the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Cai—alongside other Klein professors—developed a series of virtual events to share tools and methods to cope with personal and professional conflict in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jason Del Gandio

Associate Professor

Rooted in his passion for performance, philosophy and the rhetoric of social justice, Klein Professor Jason Del Gandio writes, speaks and teaches his students from a unique perspective. Pulling from his years of experience in activism and social movements, he informs students—at home and abroad—of the importance of communication skills and strategies to create social change.

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Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed Temple University among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.