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John C. Pollock, Ph.D., M.(I)P.A.


Office: Kendall 210
Tel. 609-771-2338
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Degrees and Colleges/Universities:

  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Ph.D. candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • MPA, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse U.
  • BA, Swarthmore College

Fields of Interest:

Health Communication, International Communication, Mass Communication, Content Analysis, Survey Research, Research Methods

Courses Offered:

  • 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
  • PBHG 603: Health Communication Campaigns: A Social Marketing Approach
  • PBHG 615: International Communication
  • PBHG 660: Global Health, Communication and Social Change

John C. Pollock, Ph.D., M.P.A.

John C. Pollock, a Professor in the departments of Communication Studies and Public Health, 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 six 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 were Journalism and Human Rights: How Demographics Drive Media Coverage (Routledge, 2015) and (co-edited with Morton Winston) Making Human Rights News: Balancing Participation and Professionalism (Routledge, 2017), and (co-edited with Douglas A. Vakoch) COVID-19 in International Media: Global Pandemic Perspectives (Routledge, 2021). Dr. Pollock has published scholarly and professional articles in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Health Communication, Mass Communication and Society, Social Science and Medicine – Population Health, Communication Research Reports, Society, Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of International Communication, International Communication Research Journal, Mass Communication Review, International Encyclopedia of Communication III, and Communication Yearbook IV, as well as The New York Times, The Nation, Industry Week and 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 research grants from the Social Science Research Council, National Cancer Institute and the United Nations Foundation. 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.”

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