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
- COM 390: Communication Research Methods
- COM 403: Health Communication Campaigns: A Social Marketing Approach
- COM 415: International Communication
John C. Pollock, Ph.D., M.P.A.
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 (political science). He also studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a Ph.D. candidate. His current teaching and research interests include Public Communication Campaigns (especially Health Communication), 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, Mass Communication and Society (book review editor), The Atlantic Journal of Communication, and Journal of Media Sociology. He has authored, co-authored or edited four books, most recently 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 finalists for the Jane Jacobs Award for best book in urban communication, given by the Urban Communication Foundation.
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, and Communication Yearbook IV, as well as The New York Times, The Nation, Industry Week and the Public Relations Journal.
Former president of the national 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 also appeared on the TODAY show and Nightline and has testified before congress on the results of his surveys. 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 media coverage of critical issues. He was also selected as 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 for his work with the TCNJ Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication student honor society. He was given the 2012 national “Distinguished Educator” award from the Mass Communication and Society division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication.