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


Office: Kendall 210
Tel. 732-371-7022
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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.

Professor, The College of New Jersey; 732-371-7022

John C. Pollock, Professor, depts. of Communication Studies and Public Health, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), received his B.A. from Swarthmore (political science/international relations); M. (I) P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 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 teaching interests include Health Communication, Human Rights, Journalism, and International/Global Communication.

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.  He serves on four editorial boards: Journal of Health Communication, Communication Theory, Atlantic Journal of Communication, and Mass Communication and Society. He has authored or edited six books, including: 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), which were both finalists for the Jane Jacobs Award for best book in urban communication by the Urban Communication Foundation.  The three most recent are Journalism and Human Rights: How Demographics Drive Media Coverage (Routledge, 2015); (co-edited with Mort Winston) Making Human Rights News: Balancing Participation and Professionalism (Routledge, 2017); and (co-ed with Doughlas A. Vakoch) COVID-19 in International Media: Global Pandemic Perspectives (Routledge, 2021). Dr. Pollock has published scholarly articles in Journal of Health Communication, Social Science and Medicine – Population Health, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, Journal of Human Rights, Human Rights Review, International Communication Research Journal, Communication Research Reports, International Journal of Nursing Sciences, Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of International Communication, Mass Communication Review, Society, International Encyclopedia of Communication III, and Communication Yearbook IV, as well as The New York Times, The Nation, Industry Week, and 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, he 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 two collegewide councils, Dr. Pollock received the 2003 national “Advisor of the Year” award from the National Communication Association (NCA); the 2012 “Distinguished Educator” award from the Mass Communication and Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; and (with TCNJ students) a 2018 “Institutional Mentorship” award for 20 years of outstanding student-faculty presentations from the New Jersey Communication Association.  His proposal won the 2013 NCA “Rex Mix Program of Excellence” award for TCNJ as that year’s best undergraduate department of communication studies in the nation. Founder of the health communication specializations in departments of both Communication Studies and Public Health at The College of New Jew Jersey, Dr. Pollock co-chaired the college Public Health Task Force that created 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.”

Click on one of Dr. Pollock’s books below to view it on Amazon:


media and social inequality cover politics-of-crisis making human rights news book cover journalism and human rights tilted mirrors COVID-19 in International Media: Global Pandemic Perspectives - 1st Ed