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Margaret DeFleur

Professor Emerita 


Dr. Margaret DeFleur was named associate dean of graduate studies and research in August 2004. DeFleur was director of the master’s program in health communication at Boston University. Earlier academic positions include visiting scholar at Harvard University’s School of Public Health and adjunct professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. DeFleur received her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Miami and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University.


Dr. DeFleur speaks about her research.

Selected Publications

Fundamentals of Human Communication: Social Science in Everyday Life (NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., 2005), with Timothy G. Plax, Patricia Kearney and Melvin L. DeFleur.

Learning to Hate Americans: How. U.S. Media Shapes Attitudes Among Teenagers in Twelve Nations (Spokane, W A: Marquette Books, 2003), with Melvin L. DeFleur.

Computer-Assisted Investigative Reporting: Development and Methodology. (Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 1997).

“U.S. Media Teach Negative and Flawed Beliefs About Americans to Youths in Twelve Countries: Implications for Future Foreign Affairs,” in David Perlmutter and John Maxwell Hamilton, Eds., From Pigeons to News Portals: Foreign Reporting and the Challenge of New Technology (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press), 2007.

“Communicating within Organizations,” Chapter 7, in M. DeFleur, P. Kearney and T. Flax, Mastering Communication in Contemporary America (Mountain View, Cal.: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1993).

The previous chapter also appears in M. DeFleur, P. Kearney and T. Plax, Foundations of Human Communication (Mountain View, Cal.: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1993).

“Supporting the Watchdog: Aiding the Press Through Computer-Assisted Investigative Reporting,” A chapter in Keith R. Billingsley, Hilton Brown III and Ed Derohanes, eds., Computer-Assisted Analysis and Modeling on the IBM 3090 (Athens, GA: The Baldwin Press; University of Georgia, 1992).

“The Masters: Creating a New Generation of Leaders for Mass Communication Education and Beyond,” Communication Education (with David Kurpius, Anne Osborne and John Maxwell Hamilton).

“The Acceptability of Credentials Earned Online for Obtaining Employment in the Health Care Professions,” Communication Education, 56, 3, July 2007 (with J. Adams).

“The Acceptability of Online Degrees Earned as a Credential for Obtaining Employment,” Communication Education, 55, 1, January 2006 (with J.Adams).

“The Acceptability of a Doctoral Degree Earned Fully or Partially Online as a Credential for Obtaining a Faculty Position,” American Journal of Distance Education, 19, 2, June, 2005 (with J. Adams).

“The Acceptability of Online Bachelor’s Degrees as Criteria for Admission to Graduate Programs,” Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 16, 1, 2004 (with J. Adams).