Current Officers

2019-20 Officers


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Nathian Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Affiliation: San Diego State University

Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez specializes in critical-cultural and digital media studies. He grew up in Balmorhea, Texas and was valedictorian of his graduating class. He attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication. He then worked in professional radio as on-air talent, sales, promotions, social media marketing and as Operations Manager. He went on to receive a Masters of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Concentration in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. His hobbies include pop culture, reading, and Spurs basketball. His research focuses on minority representation in media, specifically LGBTQ and Latinx portrayals and identity negotiation, as well as pop culture, identity, radio broadcasting, and issues of mascing and masculinity. Dr. Rodriguez’s most recent accomplishment is a TED Talkon Latinx and digital media.

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Chelsea Reynolds
Affiliation: University of Minnesota

Dr. Chelsea Reynolds is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She teaches courses on journalism and digital media. You can find her work in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, and Media Report to Women.


Minjie Li
Affiliation: The University of Tampa

Dr. Minjie Li locates his research at the intersection of media diversity and media psychology, with an emphasis on the LGBTQ communities. He is interested in 1) the shifting media representation strategies and prosocial messaging of gender and sexual minorities in both traditional and emerging digital media, and 2) the media effects of such representational strategies on people’s attitude change and cognition, within the context of the growing media economy of digital activism, commodified diversity and corporate social responsibility.



Andrew Stoner, Ph.D.
Affiliation: California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Stoner is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University. A journalist by training, he earned his Ph.D. in Public Communication and Technology from Colorado State University (2013), a Master’s degree in Journalism from Ball State University (1995), and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Franklin College of Indiana (1986). Stoner is the author of numerous non-fiction books, his most current is the forthcoming spring 2019 title on the life and work of groundbreaking journalist and author Randy Shilts (1951-1994). The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shiltsis being published by the University of Illinois Press.


Elaine Brittany Simoes Almeida
Affiliation: University Of Wisconsin – Madison