Recent Publications

Dr. Powell (Communication Studies) and Amber Sorenson '20 published "Ambiguous loss after shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma: Parental management of dialectical contradictions of grief" the academic journal Communication Quarterly. This project was supported by a summer student/faculty collaborative research grant.

Dr. Powell's essay "Framing Islam/Creating Fear: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of Terrorism from 2011-2016" appears in  Religions 2018 Volume 9, Issue 9--a special issue devoted to media coverage of Islam and Muslims. This project was the result of a Luther student/faculty collaborative research grant with Liz Stay '17.

Dr. Wilder, is the author of "Predicting adjustment to divorce from social support and relational quality in multiple relationships,"published in Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 57, 553-572 (2016). doi: 10.1080/10502556.2016.1233844

Dr. Wilder is co-author, with Kristen Carr of Texas Christian University of "Attachment style and the risks of seeking social support: Variations between friends and siblings," published in Southern Communication Journal, 81, 316-329 (2016). doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2016.1208266

Dr. Wilder is co-author with Sylvia L. Mikucki-Enyart of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Hayden Barber of Purdue University of “Was it all smoke and mirrors?” : Applying the relational turbulence model to adult children’s experience of late-life parental divorce," published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2016). doi: 10.1177/0265407516629226

Dr. Johnson published an article, "Producing, Distributing, and Teaching Ironhead," in the October 2016 issue of Journal of Media Education.

Dr. Wilder is author of a paper, "Communication Practices and Advice in Later Life Widowhood: 'We Just talked About What it is Like to Not Have Your Buddy'” published in Communication Studies (2016).

Dr. Sweet is the author of a book, Star Wars in the Public Square: The Clone Wars as Political Dialogue published in December, 2015 by McFarland as part of their Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series.

Dr. Johnson and Jason Moyer, Malone University, published a case study, "Interfaith Divisions at Southern State University," in the book, Casing Sport Communication (2015).

Dr. Wilder co-authored, with Braithwaite, D. O., Bach, B. W., Kranstuber, H., & Sato Mumm, S., The discourses of voluntary kin. In D. O. Braithwaite & J. T. Wood (Eds.).Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships (2nd ed., 2014). (pp. 51-58), Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. 

Dr. Johns co-edited, with Shing-Ling S. Chen and Laura Terlip (both of the University of Northern Iowa): a book, Symbolic Interaction and New Social Media (Studies in Symbolic Interaction series, Volume 43), published by Emerald Publishing, U.K., in August 2014.

Dr. Powell: Preparation and Communication are Vital for a Successful Adoption Dec. 2013. Expert Beacon Press.  

Dr. Powell: Prepare for and manage the challenges of parenting a preemie. Oct. 2013. Expert Beacon Press.

Rachel Woolsey '14: Parent and Adult-Child Relationships Affected by Alzheimer's Disease. Vol. 45, No. 2 of the Iowa Journal of Communication.

Jena Schwake '13: "It is what it is": College Students and One Night Stands. Lambda Pi Eta Undergraduate Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2013.

Dr. Johns: Facebook Gets Religion: Fund-Raising by Religious Organizations on Social Networks, was included in The Changing World Religion Map, edited by Stanley D. Brunn. Published 2014 by Springer.

Dr. Powell with Ashley Matthys ’12: Effects of Suicide on Siblings: Uncertainty and the Grief Process. Journal of Family Communication, October 2013.

Dr. Wilder: A dialectical examination of remarriage dyadic communication and communication with social networks" was published in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 13, 63-70.

Dr. Powell: The Motherhood-Imposed Glass Ceiling: Prematurity, Tenure, Adoption, Department Head, HALT.  In Baring Witness to Our Lives as Mothers in Academia. Eds. Mari Castañeda & Kirsten Isgro, May 2013.