Research and Creative Work

Temple’s urban setting in the nation’s fourth largest media market makes the Klein College of Media and Communication (Klein College) an excellent laboratory for cutting-edge research and creative work. Academic and artistic exchanges occur across disciplines here, and our talented professors and inquisitive students explore the role of communication in public life.

Research and creative work are expected to meet the highest standards of professionalism and social responsibility. Graduate students have opportunities to work with top researchers in an interdisciplinary school of media and communication. Given the breadth of graduate programs Klein College offers, you’ll be able to carry out research in compelling new areas of inquiry or creative projects on media platforms of all kinds.

Klein College faculty are dedicated to your progress as a scholar, offering suggestions and discussing your intellectual and research interests and goals to help you succeed. You’ll be able to work alone, with other students, and with faculty on numerous scholarly and creative projects, conducting research, presenting at conferences and submitting to journals. Travel and research funding is available to help support your work.

Faculty Research and Creative Work

Our highly ranked scholarly researchers focus on contemporary theory and research issues, covering development, intercultural, international, interpersonal, mass and political communication, as well as emerging technologies. Students also have opportunities to develop creative work alongside award-winning faculty with extensive professional backgrounds.

Program Achievements

Doctoral program students and faculty have recently won the following awards:

  • Outstanding Book Award
    International Communication Association
  • Outstanding Book Award, Global Communication and Social Change Division 
    International Communication Association
  • Outstanding Book Award, Popular Communication Division 
    International Communication Association
  • Tom Patterson Best Dissertation Award
    American Political Science Association
  • Top Paper Award, Mass Communication Division
    National Communication Association
  • Top Paper Award, Magazine Division
    ​Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication


Program faculty hold the following leadership positions:

  • Editor-in-chief
    Journal of Communication
  • Chair, Popular Communication Division
    International Communication Association
  • Vice chair, Mass Communication Division
    International Communication Association
  • Chair, Scholarly Review Committee
    International Association for Media and Communication Research

Faculty Research News

Learn more about research initiatives across Temple University’s various campuses and programs.