Leah C. Cole




I earned my B.A. in Communication from Lake Erie College in 2010, followed by my M.A. in Communication from Marist College in 2011. I spent the following year as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron and Lakeland Community College. This experience affirmed what I already knew: I wanted to pursue a teaching career.

Generally speaking, my research interests lie in the ways we communicate and respond to sources of mental anguish, such as sadness, loneliness and bereavement. My master’s thesis was a qualitative study that examined the relationship between Facebook and grief. Employing uses and gratifications theory, I explored the reasons why people chose Facebook as an outlet for grief. The exploration of grief led to my interest in health communication.

I am also interested in the development of self in context-specific situations. Under G. H. Mead’s theory of the social self, I want to explore the ways in which symbolic interactionism shapes individuals’ eating disorder sense-of-self. Finally, I am interested in studying social networking sites and general media.

While at OU, I am enjoying my appointments as a graduate teaching assistant and managing editor for Studies in American Humor.