Research Facilities

Temple’s urban setting in the nation’s fourth largest media market makes the Public Relations 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

Public Relations 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


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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David Brown

Assistant Professor of Instruction, KLN

Former executive director of the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children and founder of the Marketing Collaborative, David Brown brings 30 years of professional experience to his role at Klein. He is the first diversity advisor to the Office of the Dean at Klein; received the distinction “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration; and frequently writes for Philadelphia Business Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Tribune.

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Lauren Bullock

Assistant Professor of Instruction, KLN

Bullock brings more than 15 years of experience in leadership development and public relations to Klein. She is the co-host of the Leadership Educator Podcast, which explores issues and opportunities relevant to leadership education. “We’re looking at problems that people from different communities will look at, or explore, or struggle with and we’re inviting them to the conversation.”

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Meghnaa Tallapragada

Assistant Professor, KLN

Applying her background in engineering and strategic science communication, Meghnaa Tallapragada strives to bring science and technology closer to people. In 2019, she was named secretary of the mass communication division of the International Communication Association. She also founded Project Colorism, which examines the issue of colorism through the lens of people who have directly experienced its effects.

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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.