Ph.D. Program: Alumni


Graduates of our doctoral program are at leading research universities, teaching colleges and innovative firms across the nation and the world. Hussman School doctoral program alumni serve in leadership positions as deans or department chairs at at least six universities, including Michigan State and Rutgers. Our recent graduates are professors at schools such as Northwestern and Penn State, and the universities of Oregon, Indiana and Missouri. The Carolina bond and network are strong, with doctoral alumni connecting annually through social events at conferences such as AEJMC and ICA.

Spotlight on Alumni

Meredith Clark '14

Dr. Clark is an assistant professor in the University of Virginia's Department of Media Studies. Her recent research explores use of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and how social media use factors in to personal and community activism. She co-authored a 2018 Knight Foundation report on minority social media communities with UNC Hussman's Deen Freelon. Dr. Clark was named to the Root 100, a list of 100 influential African-Americans, and she earned the 2015 AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Dissertation Award for her Carolina dissertation on “Black Twitter.”


Woodrow Hartzog '11

Dr. Hartzog is a professor at Northeastern University's School of Law and College of Computer and Information Science and an affiliate scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. An internationally recognized expert in privacy, media and robotics law, he has written more than 50 articles, essays and book chapters. His book, “Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies,” was published by Harvard University Press in April 2018.


Chioma Ihekweazu '17

Dr. Ihekweazu is a research scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute, where she conducts health communication and health behavior research. She is involved in primary data collection, data analysis and manuscript development for these projects. Her work involves a mix of grant- and contract-funded research. She also serves as a contributor to Health News Review, a health news watchdog organization, where she reviews the quality of health news stories in the popular press.

Brooke McKeever '11

An associate professor and coordinator of the Master of Mass Communication program at the University of South Carolina, Dr. McKeever researches health communication and nonprofit public relations with a focus on advocacy, fundraising and information that helps mobilize publics to improve health and social conditions. She was named the 2017 educator of the year by the South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.