Lauren Kogen

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Lauren Kogen

  • Lew Klein College of Media and Communication

    • Media Studies and Production

      • Associate Professor

    • Media and Communication


Lauren Kogen (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. Her research addresses 1) communication for development and social change, both domestically and abroad (focusing on issues including the empowerment of marginalized groups, violence against women, and peacebuilding); and 2) communication about development and social change work, and specifically, how development-related issues and events are framed for American audiences in the mainstream news media. Much of her work also focuses on evaluations of communication-for-development interventions.

Research Interests

  • Global media
  • Journalism and international news
  • Social change
  • Development
  • Communication about global development
  • Social and behavior change campaigns

Courses Taught




MSP 4454

Public Information Media Campaigns


GDC 8002

Communication for Social Change Project Design


MMC 9101

Communication Theory II


MSP 8254

Public Information Media Campaigns


MSP 9983

Directed Readings in Communication


Selected Publications


  • Kogen, L. (2022). 'Better safe than sorry': examining trauma as an obstacle to empowerment and social change in a US intimate partner violence intervention. JOURNAL of APPLIED COMMUNICATION RESEARCH, 50(2), 189-207. 10.1080/00909882.2021.1978521

  • Kogen, L. & Dilliplane, S. (2019). How Media Portrayals of Suffering Influence Willingness to Help The Role of Solvability Frames. JOURNAL of MEDIA PSYCHOLOGY-THEORIES METHODS and APPLICATIONS, 31(2), 92-102. 10.1027/1864-1105/a000232

  • Kogen, L. (2019). NEWS YOU CAN USE OR NEWS THAT MOVES? Journalists' rationales for coverage of distant suffering. JOURNALISM PRACTICE, 13(1), 1-15. 10.1080/17512786.2017.1400395

  • Kogen, L. (2018). What have we learned here? Questioning accountability in aid policy and practice. EVALUATION, 24(1), 98-112. 10.1177/1356389017750195