Professor, The College of New Jersey
Research Interests: Health Communication, International Communication, Mass Communication, Content Analysis, Survey Research, Research Methods
He has authored, co-authored, or edited five books, among them: Tilted Mirrors: Media Alignment with Political and Social Change – A Community Structure Approach(Hampton Press, 2007); and Media and Social Inequality: Innovations in Community Structure Research(Routledge, 2013). Both books were selected as finalists for the Jane Jacobs Award for best book in urban communication by the Urban Communication Foundation.
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John C. Pollock, a Professor in the Communication Studies Department, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), received his B.A. from Swarthmore (political science), M. (I) P.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse (international public administration) and Ph.D. from Stanford (comparative politics/Latin America). He also studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a Ph.D. candidate. His current teaching and research interests include Health Communication, Human Rights, Journalism, International Communication, Mass Communication, and Research Methods.
Dr. Pollock has taught at Rutgers University and the City University of New York (Queens College) and has conducted research in India and Latin America (Colombia), serving as director of the Latin American Institute at Rutgers. Dr. Pollock serves on five editorial boards –Journal of Health Communication, Communication Theory,The Atlantic Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Sociology, and Mass Communication and Society (book review editor). He has authored, co-authored, or edited five books, among them: Tilted Mirrors: Media Alignment with Political and Social Change – A Community Structure Approach (Hampton Press, 2007); and Media and Social Inequality: Innovations in Community Structure Research (Routledge, 2013). Both books were selected as finalists for the Jane Jacobs Award for best book in urban communication by the Urban Communication Foundation. The most recent is Journalism and Human Rights: How Demographics Drive Media Coverage (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Pollock has published scholarly and professional articles in Journalism Quarterly, Journal of Health Communication, Mass Communication and Society,Communication Research Reports,Society, Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of International Communication, Mass Communication Review, International Encyclopedia of Communication III, andCommunication Yearbook IV, as well as The New York Times, The Nation, Industry Weekand the Public Relations Journal.
Former president of the public opinion research subsidiary of a leading public relations firm, Dr. Pollock is the recipient of a Silver Anvil, the “Oscar” of the Public Relations Society of America. He has appeared on the TODAY show and Nightline and has testified before congress on his survey results. Former president of the New Jersey Communication Association, Dr. Pollock has received grants from the Social Science Research Council, National Cancer Institute and the United Nations Foundation for research on coverage of critical issues. He was a spring, 2010, Senior Fulbright Scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Past chair of The College of New Jersey Marketing Advisory Council and the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee, Dr. Pollock received the first award for “Mentoring Student Research” from The College of New Jersey in February, 2002. He also received the 2003 national “Advisor of the Year” award from the National Communication Association (NCA) for his work with the TCNJ Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication student honor society. He was given the 2012 “Distinguished Educator” Award by the Mass Communication and Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He authored the proposal winning the 2013 NCA “Rex Mix Program of Excellence” award recognizing TCNJ for having the best undergraduate Department of Communication Studies in the nation. He co-chaired The College of New Jersey Public Health Task Force, a collaborative effort involving every School at TCNJ, organized to launch baccalaureate, certificate, and MPH programs in public health.
Dr. Pollock’s thoughts on teaching at TCNJ:
“I experienced a sense of renewal and excitement when I returned to teaching at TCNJ. I adore every minute in the classroom, and I feel fortunate to be able to practice my craft. One of the things I love about the department and TCNJ is our emphasis on student-faculty engagement.”
COM 390: Communication Research Methods
COM 403: Health Communication Campaigns: A Social Marketing Approach
COM 415: International Communication
COM 460: Global Health, Communication and Social Change
COM 487: Student-Faculty Advanced Research