Meet our Newest Faculty Members

In addition to Professor Travis Dixon, the Department of Communication Studies is thrilled to have three more outstanding professors join our team. 

Letter From the Chair: Tim Groeling

Dear Alumni, Students and Friends of the UCLA Communication Studies Department-

Hello from all of us in Comm Studies, and welcome to our second edition of this annual newsletter. I am delighted to tell you about some of our outstanding students, faculty, and alumni, and also bring you up to date on some of the exciting developments and accomplishments from the past year.

Other News and Upcoming Events

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Commencement 2011

The 2011 Department of Communication Studies commencement was held on Sunday, June 12th, in Royce Hall. 1595 guests watched in the sold-out hall as Comm Studies graduated 205 majors.  We had 71 grads elected to Phi Beta Kappa (the highest proportion of any department on campus, and more than double what we had last year!) and 19 students graduated with departmental honors.

Laura Ling Graduation

Help Us Welcome Back Travis Dixon ('92)

Professor Travis Dixon is thrilled to be rejoining the Communication Studies family.  Professor Dixon graduated from UCLA in Communication Studies and received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Afterwards, Dr. Dixon worked as an assistant professor of Communication at the University of Illinois.  In the Fall of 2011, he returns to UCLA as a member of the ladder faculty.

Bruin Day!

Mia Seleshi at the Comm Studies Alumni Day booth. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

 Mia Seleshi at the Comm Studies Alumni Day booth. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Kerri Johnson Quoted in the News!

Kerri Johnson has been quoted in 2 leading news sources this month discussing her latest research on body language. Her featured research focuses on how people’s perceptions differ when they judge the gender of emotional body motions. You can read the articles on:

CS Professor Tim Groeling's Book Receives Goldsmith Prize

Tim Groeling's book, When Politicians Attack: Party Cohesion in the Media, just received a Goldsmith Prize, which is given to the "academic book published in the United States in the last 24 months that best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics and public policy." See

CS Professor Martie Haselton Interviewed

Martie Haselton has been interviewed on the nationally-syndicated show “On Point” and discussed her research on examining how the behavior of women and their long-term romantic partners changes as women near ovulation within the menstrual cycle. You can listen to the show that features Martie Hasselton and also read the article about it on:

CS Professor Martie Haselton Quoted in the New York Times

Martie Haselton has been quoted in the New York Times discussing her research in evolutionary psychology. The article currently ranks in the top five of the site’s most e-mailed.