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Tara Emmers-Sommer, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Urban Affairs
GUA 5102


Professor Emmers-Sommer (Ph.D., Ohio University) serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for GCUA. She is also a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research areas include interpersonal and health communication, media, and sex and gender issues. Emmers-Sommer's work focuses specifically on sexual coercion, safer sex, and the impact of mediated sexual violence on attitudes toward women. An award-winning instructor, her work appears in Journal of Social and Personal RelationshipsHuman Communication ResearchJournal of CommunicationCommunication Monographs, and Sex Roles, among others. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Communication Monographs,Human Communication ResearchWestern Journal of CommunicationCommunication Studies, and Communication Research Reports.