Saint Louis University


The department has a vibrant and active community of graduate students engaged in research, learning, and community service. Our students have a diverse set of interests and professional goals.

Second Year Graduate Students

Chelsea Boyles

I graduated in 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Public Relations and a minor in English. I then moved to Lakeland, Florida with my parents and started working at United Way of Central Florida as a Resource Development Manager. I decided I really wanted to pursue more knowledge and education and applied to SLU after visiting St. Louis and falling in love with the city. My interests lie in feminism, gender, language, and cultural communication. Specifically, I am interested in social norms that affect both men and women and how we can create positive change in our society. One day, I hope to continue on for a doctoral degree to further my interest in language and gender within communication.

Nikolas Fischer

I did my undergraduate work in Philosophy and Biblical Studies, and I am making the switch to Communication in graduate school. I am interested in critical theory and how we can use theory to critique and hopefully change society. I plan to go on to a PhD after finishing my Master's and enter into academia.

Garryn Hasty

I recently completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri St. Louis where I received a B.A. in Communication. I grew up in the St. Louis area and I love all that this city has to offer. I decided to attend graduate school to help gain knowledge and confidence in the field of Communication. When I am not studying, I am a Graduate Assistant at the College of Arts and Sciences. Because I find many communication topics intriguing, the first semester of graduate school will be a time of self-discovery. I look forward to this academic adventure and I am excited to learn more about my specific interests in communication.

Carolyn Jackson

After graduating from SLU in August of 2014 with a B.A. in Communication (PR) and a minor in film studies, I began my career with Maritz in Fenton, Missouri working in internal strategic communication. I decided to return to SLU in pursuit of my M.A. and to work as a research assistant. I hope to hone my interests within the broad field of communication and to better understand the practical applications of communication.

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Kim Oswalt

I graduated from Boise State University (go Broncos!) with a Bachelor's degree in Communication (emphasis in media production) and a certificate in Cinema and Digital Media Studies in May 2015. I've worked in a wide variety of video production settings, and I love telling stories through media. I'm grateful for the opportunity to earn my M.A. at SLU and excited to see how I can use my time here to make a difference in the wonderful city of St. Louis.

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Kris Poore

I received my undergraduate degree from Illinois College with a double major in both Communications & Rhetorical Studies and Management & Organizational Leadership. After graduation, I worked for two years in the greater St. Louis area for a logistics firm before finally deciding to revisit my communication roots. I currently work as a graduate advisor in the St. Louis University Honors Program. It is my hope to one day get a Ph.D., and I would love to continue to work with students in higher education either as a professor or an advisor. My primary communication interests lie in Organizational and Strategic Communication and how they work within the ever-changing business structure, but I want to explore other areas of the discipline to glean as much as I can from the program.

Mitchel Wilson

The Communication discipline is vast and challenging. Having achieved a BA in Communication at the undergraduate level, I left feeling unsatisfied that I had only scratched the surface. Therefore, I knew I had to enter the MA program here at Saint Louis Univeristy as a Teaching Assistant. I love teaching and there is no better platform to really test your own knowledge of a subject than to teach others! Following my completion of the MA program, I want to enter corporate America by choosing an industry that I am passionate about so I can develop a successful and long career. Additionally, I want to obtain a PHD in Communication either before or after my choose career path.

Jessica Winter

Born and raised in the beautiful and ever-exciting state of Iowa, I ventured down to St. Louis to do my undergraduate studies as a Billiken. After majoring in Spanish and Communication - with a concentration in journalism - and minoring in Anthropology, I decided to pursue an M.A. in Communication and further explore my interest in the field. During this two-year graduate journey, I hope to learn more about intercultural and interpersonal communication and to better understand how my interests fit together in the vast field of Communication. I love studying people and cultures, and I hope to someday use my education and voice as a tool for making differences safe across cultural barriers.

Jingnan Zhang

After finishing my high school education in China, I decided to try a different type of education and life experience, so I came to the U.S. and came to SLU. When I was an undergraduate student here my major was Communication Studies and my minor was Studio Art, and after a wonderful four-year experience I have now decided to continue pursuing knowledge of communication here at SLU. My primary interest is in intercultural communication, and I plan to enter the corporate world after I earn my M.A.

First Year Graduate Students

Tim Conneally

Tim Conneally

I am a communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in journalism, editorial, advertising, marketing, and public relations. A 2013 graduate of the University of Baltimore, I am sharpening my skills at SLU and then carrying on toward a doctorate in Audiology. In this endeavor, I hope to bridge the gap between communication theory and the communication sciences and ultimately develop new adaptive technology.

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Molly Daily

Molly Daily

I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014, majoring in Political Science & Spanish with a minor in Theology. After graduation, I moved to Chicago to work in the Illinois Governor's Office as part of the nonpartisan Dunn Fellowship - allowing me the unique experience of working for two governors from two different political parties. I then took a year of service in campus ministry at Wash U and Webster. After realizing that the connecting factor of my studies and work experiences was a love for language and outreach, I decided to join the communications program as a student and a Professional Assistant in the Marketing & Communications Office. I hope to one day pursue a career in social media and outreach at a University or nonprofit.

Andrew Dwiggins

Andrew Dwiggins

I'm a Husband, Father of 2 (Lainey-5 and Jasper-2), a Music Therapist currently practicing at the Saint Louis University Cancer Center, a working Musician (wedding singer - insert Adam Sandler quote here), a collector of hats, and a genuinely excited graduate student. I'm pursuing this degree to enable myself to teach Music Therapy at the college level (ideally), because I'm passionate about the work and even more passionate about teaching it. Fun Fact: I was nominated for a Grammy back in 2006.

Sarah Havlicek

Sarah Havlicek

Originally from the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Communication and Journalism. I am fortunate to be a teaching assistant during my time at SLU, teaching Public Speaking. My interests lie mainly within interpersonal communication and women and gender studies. Where those two intersect is my happy place. After I complete my Master's degree, I hope to continue my education, earn a PhD, and continue teaching.

Meghan Murray

Meghan Murray

I graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Communication with an emphasis in mass media and minors in Spanish and Psychology. I'm a St. Louis native and wanted to come back after undergrad to earn my M.A. and learn even more about the field of Communication. I'm interested in anything from health communication to social media and advertising. I'm excited to see how these next two years at SLU will help me grow as a student and will help me apply my interests to the study of Communication.

Meg Oliver

Megan Oliver

Hi my name is Meg Oliver. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a degree in Communication Studies, a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and a Certificate in Leadership Studies. During my undergrad I had an internship for the Archives of Women's Political Communication at the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics, which inspired me to earn an M.A. here at Saint Louis University. I am originally from the Milwaukee area, and I love all things about Wisconsin, but I am excited to spend the next two years exploring what this new city and University have to offer!

Brian Tunney

Brian Tunney

As a recent Saint Louis University graduate with a B.A. in Communication, I decided to return and build on the solid base of knowledge I received during my time as an undergraduate here at SLU. While I work towards my M.A. I plan to continue focusing my studies on Organizations and Leadership. In addition, my Teaching Assistantship with the department will provide me the opportunity to demonstrate my passion for teaching and help me develop useful skills for entering a Ph.D. program or the business world.

Kristen Wehmeyer

Kristen Wehmeyer

After receiving my B.A. in Business Marketing from the University of Missouri, I moved to Memphis, Tennessee to teach in the Teach for America program. When I moved schools, I had the opportunity to work in both of my passions, marketing and education. During this time, I discovered that I wanted to continue building my knowledge and skills in the communications field. I am excited to be at SLU working as a teaching assistant while earning my M.A. I am particularly interested in studying strategic communications and digital media.

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