Second Vice President, National Communication Association
Past President,Central States Communication Assoc.
Past Editor, Communication Yearbook
: Ph.D. University of Oklahoma; M.A. Bowling Green State University; B.S. Ball State University.
Professional Experience: Christina S. Beck (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1992) is a professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. She is a Past President of the Central States Communication Association, a past editor of Communication Yearbook, a publication sponsored by the International Communication Association (volumes 30-33), and a past book review editor for Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. She currently serves on the editorial boards of four communication journals. She has authored/co-authored two award-winning books on health communication, Communicating for Better Health: A Guide Through the Medical Mazes (2001) and Partnership for Health: Building Relationships Between Women and Health Caregivers (1997) as well as numerous journal articles and invited book chapters. She also co-edited the award-winning books Narratives, Health, and Healing: Communication Theory, Research, and Practice (2005) and The Lynching of Language: Gender, Politics, and Power in the Hill-Thomas Hearings (1996).
Research Interests: Her research interests span the areas of media studies, popular culture, language and social interaction, and health communication. After several years with a focus on health communication, more recently, she has returned to her roots in popular culture and media studies, and she is currently working on a book about soap opera fans, tentatively titled, My World Just Stopped Turning: Intersections Between Soap Opera Fandom and Concurrent Life Narratives. She enjoys exploring, teaching, and talking about fan cultures, mediated communication, and the co-production of pop culture.
Teaching Specialization: Popular culture, media studies, qualitative methods (particularly courses on ethnography of communication, conversation analysis, and qualitative interviewing)
Personal Information: She also enjoys spending time with her lovely four daughters, ages 25, 18, 11, and 4, and with her husband, Roger Aden, scrapbooking, blogging, playing on Facebook, working out, and advising her 4-H club and Girl Scout troops.