Monique Luisi joined Mizzou as an Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication in the Missouri School of Journalism in 2017. Her research focuses on media messages and audience interpretation of messages related to disease, treatments, and the lives of minority groups. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, she had conducted research on such topics as the HPV vaccine on social media, Ebola in U.S. newspapers, mental health in the Black American community, and coming out in sports. Depending on the semester, Monique teaches strategic communication research methods, strategic conflict management, mass media theory, and thesis writing seminar.

Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Vaccine, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Homosexuality, and others. Some of these works have been featured in publications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and she is a frequent guest panelist on KBIA’s Views of the News, a weekly media criticism program. Her work has received Top Paper, Top Abstract, and Top Poster awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), including the 2014 AEJMC/Kappa Tau Alpha Carol Burnett Award.

At the University of Missouri, Luisi serves on the Board for the Teaching for Learning Center (T4LC). For AEJMC, she is an officer for the Minorities and Communication Division (MACD) and the Graduate Student Interest Group (GSIG). She is also the Chair of Strategic Communication for the Missouri Immunization Coalition.

A first-generation college student born in Washington, D.C., Luisi loves to garden, cook, travel, and spend quality time with her family, friends, and two puppies – Arlo and Domino.

Selected Publications

Luisi, M., Barker, J. and Geana, M. (2018). American Ebola Story: Frames in U.S. national newspapers. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26(5), 267-277. doi: 10.1080/15456870.2018.1517764

Luisi, M., Luisi, T. and Bobkowski, P. (2018). “A very dangerous battleground”: How abstinent Christian men select and navigate media in the presence of sexual media content. Journal of Media and Religion, 17(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1080/15348423.2018.1463706

Luisi, M. L. R, Luisi, T. and Geana, M.V. (2016). Homosexuality and the heartbeat of a locker room: An analysis of quotations in the context of hegemonic and inclusive masculinity theories. Journal of Homosexuality, 63(10), 1314-1338. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1157996

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