Meet the Team | LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Meet the Team
Meghan Sanders

Director - Meghan S. Sanders

Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Pennsylvania State University – Mass Communication
Email: msand@lsu.edu  
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Meghan S. Sanders has over 20 years of experience in conducting experimental studies. Her research focuses on the psychological effects of mass media, as they pertain to psychological and subjective well-being, and enjoyment and appreciation of entertainment. Her work has been published in journals such as Communication Theory, Mass Communication and Society, and Psychology of Popular Media Culture and presented at national and international conferences including the National Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association and the International Communication Association. As director of the Media Effects Lab, she is responsible for assisting faculty, students and professional institutions in conducting projects designed to test audience responses to various media formats and content, using various technologies (i.e. physiological recordings, eye tracking, web tracking, reaction time, etc.). She received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree from Penn State University, and her Bachelors of Arts degree from Dillard University. She teaches research methods and statistical analysis, public relations and mass communication theory courses.

Joshua Darr

Faculty Affiliate - Joshua Darr

Assistant Professor
Ph.D.: 2015, University of Pennsylvania – Political Science
Email: jdarr@lsu.edu 
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Joshua Darr received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He also obtained a master’s in political science with an emphasis on American Politics, political communication and methodology at Penn, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College. His research focuses on the placement and effects of campaign field offices, the importance of local newspapers for voter learning and political awareness, and the ability of campaigns to influence the quantity and tone of their local media coverage.

Nathan Kalmoe

Faculty Affiliate - Nathan Kalmoe

Assistant Professor
Ph.D.: 2012, University of Michigan – Political Science
Email: nkalmoe@lsu.edu 
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Nathan Kalmoe is an assistant professor of political communication in the Manship School of Mass Communication, with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science. He studies political behavior through communication, psychology, and history. His articles appear in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Psychology, Political Behavior, and elsewhere. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and others.

Katie Searles

Faculty Affiliate - Kathleen Searles

Assistant Professor

Kathleen Searles received her master's and Ph.D. from Washington State University. Her interests include news media, campaign advertising, and political psychology. Specifically, her research examines the content of partisan news, the effects of branded television fact-checking on political attitudes, and the influence of emotional campaign ads on political behavior. She has published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, and Political Psychology among others.

Chun Yang

Faculty Affiliate - Chun Yang

Assistant Professor
Ph.D.: 2017, Pennsylvania State University – Mass Communication
Email: cyang10@lsu.edu 

Chun Yang is an assistant professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication. His research focuses on narratives and persuasion. In particular, he is interested in the emotional and cognitive impact of media messages, the role of emotion and other message features in persuasion, and media stereotypes. He earned his B.A. in journalism and first M.A. in mass communication in China and received his second M.A. in communication studies at Washington State University. He taught public speaking and worked as the teaching assistant for several courses at Washington State University. Back in China, as an instructor in college, he taught a number of courses, including TV production, introduction to TV and radio, opinion piece writing, principles of public relations, and sports commentating. He also worked at a TV station for a few years before he came to the United States. He likes outdoor activities.

Anthony Ciaramella

Graduate Assistant - Anthony Ciaramella

Ph.D. Candidate, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
Email: aciara1@lsu.edu 

Anthony is a third-year doctoral student in the Manship School of Mass Communication. Anthony received his master's degree in media innovation from the University of Nevada, Reno (2017) and a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication (2015). Anthony worked as a business counselor at the Nevada Small Business Development Center in addition to teaching English abroad in Spain. His research interests include marijuana advertising, media effects, entertainment psychology and social justice issues.