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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

Samir Adrissi 

I am a student of life trying to make my mark in this beautiful world. Born and raised in Bristol, England, I decided to moved to the U.S. to live the 'American Dream'. My primary interests are in Strategic and Organizational Communication, although, I am excited to learn as much as I can within this discipline. After earning my M.A. in Communication, I plan to begin working in the corporate world, while continuing to develop my entrepreneurial spirit.

Bretton DeLaria

After receiving my B.A. in Education with a Minor in Urban Social Analysis in 2012, I began working for Saint Louis University as the Web Marketing Coordinator for the John Cook School of Business. During my tenure in that position I discovered the extent of which communications effects higher education. I decided after launching a complete overall of, that I wanted to continue building my knowledge and skills in the area of visual communications. As I completed a Visual Communications Minor and Executive Certificate in Internet Marketing from Saint Louis University, I soon discovered my passion and interest in the general field of communications. Now serving as the Interim Director/Assistant Director of the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program at Saint Louis University, I feel a special responsibility to the program and university to advance my skills by broadening my understanding of communications. Specifically, I am interested in understanding organizational and strategic communications and how technology plays a role in obtaining the goals of an institution in a secondary and post secondary setting. My hope upon completing my graduate studies is to advance in acquiring a PhD while continuing my career in higher education administration.

Madeline Ericson

As an undergraduate at Illinois College, I obtained a BA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies as well as Spanish, accompanied by a minor in Art. As a Masters student, I intend to expand my knowledge of Intercultural Communication, particularly focusing on professional interaction between North and South Americans. I currently work as an assistant to the university, teaching two courses of Public Speaking. Beyond the stunning SLU campus, I hope to one day obtain my PhD within the field of Communication.

Corinne Gibson

In 2014, I became a daughter of Saint Louis University, graduating with a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Advertising. Today, I find myself at SLU once again but this time pursuing a M.A. in Communication. My primary interests lie in interpersonal communication and intergenerational communication. As a Research Assistant for the Department of Communication, I'm hoping to take the next two years to hone my research interests and skills. After earning my M.A., I plan to enter the advertising world with the hope of eventually returning to academia and pursuing a doctoral degree.

Sarah Gonzalez

Born and Raised in Spain (Madrid,) and with a Lebanese mother, I have always felt like a citizen of the world rather than belonging to a single culture or community. My Research interests fall mainly on Conflict Management and Cultural Communication. I am especially interested in the way Cultural Communication plays a role in international Conflict Mediation. Once I have completed my degree I plan on working with non-profit organizations in order to achieve social justice solutions on an international level, focusing on war refugees and their basic human rights.

Sara Hendrixson

I graduated from Harding University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. After working in Alabama, my husband and I ventured out of the South into the Midwest for his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. I spent some time working at KSDK News Channel 5 before deciding to pursue my Masters here at SLU. My primary interests are in media studies, particularly the role of social media in Middle Eastern countries. I am currently working as a professional assistant for SLU's Marketing and Communications department. After fulfilling my M.A. in Communications, I would love to continue my education in a doctoral program.

Joseph Ivancic

I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Organizational Communication and a minor in general business. After graduation I moved back to the greatest city on the face of the planet (Saint Louis) and began a career at a marketing engagement firm downtown. After a few years on the job I am ready and excited to take on graduate school. My main interest are in organizational and strategic communication, but I also find interpersonal communication fascinating. After school I plan on pursuing my Ph.D. and would love to be a professor one day.

Plamena Koseva

My story begins in the Balkan country of Bulgaria where I was born, continues to the beautiful country of Greece where I was raised and goes through teeny tiny Kirksville, MO where I received my B.A. in Romance Languages and Communication. After a wonderful year of teaching at Whitfield School in St. Louis, I decided to pursue my M.A. in Communication at SLU, where I was given the opportunity to be an Instructor in Public Speaking. Topics that I am particularly interested in include effective verbal and nonverbal communication between individuals of different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds and how cultural barriers, stereotypes and the media affect this communication.

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Jennifer Kronick

Hi! My name is Jenny Kronick, and I am thrilled to be among a privileged few who can identify themselves as both a graduate student and the ever-elusive "real person." I graduated from WashU with a major in Art History and minors in Art and Writing. As a content specialist at, my work creating viral entertainment articles opened my eyes to the social realm and how overarching the umbrella of communication truly is. My interests predominantly lie in journalism, social media, interpersonal and intercultural communication, advertising, marketing, and media audiences. I hope to further explore these paradigms while continuing to question whether or not the Oxford comma is essential to my being. Get at me, world!

Tucker Redding

I am originally from the great state of Texas. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University, I moved to Houston and worked as a Youth Minister for several years. I joined the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 2011 and moved to St. Louis last year as part of my studies toward the priesthood. Jesuits are encouraged to pursue their academic interests and I wanted to further my studies in the area of communication. I was excited to be accepted into the Communication graduate program this year. My interests are organizational and strategic communication.  

Brian Tomerlin

I did my undergraduate work at Missouri State University, where I received a Bachelor's of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Art. Immediately following my graduation I began working toward my Masters. Having grown up near the St. Louis area, I was very excited to have been accepted at SLU. My primary interests are in Public Relations and Marketing. I am currently an intern at Think Tank, a small PR & Marketing firm in Illinois. I hope to continue my career in the PR and Marketing world upon receiving my Masters.

DJ Barger

My primary interests lie in the fields of journalism and media studies. I am especially interested in the way those fields are changing due to the ever-increasing importance of the Internet. After finishing my degree I plan to pursue a career in journalism before returning to school to earn a PhD. While I am not from the area, I have spent much of my life in Saint Louis and have grown up loving the locals, the food, and, of course, the sports teams.


First 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 social media and how it affects communication and changes language, but I also want to continue learning more about the field of public relations. One day, I hope to achieve a doctoral degree and further my interest in language.

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.

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