Welcome to the School of Communication.

Dr. Megan Hopper

Assistant Professor
  • Ph D Media Studies - 2010
  • University of Missouri
  • Columbia, MO
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Bumping up the body: Examining the media’s impact on body image during pregnancy
  • MS Communication - 2006
  • Illinois State University
  • Normal, IL
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Assessing perceived similarity in romantic relationshipschema as a predictor of relational stability.
  • BS Mass Communication / Print Journalism - 2002
  • Illinois State University
  • Normal, IL
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Hopper, K.M. & Aubrey, J.S. (2016). Bodies after babies: The impact of depictions of recently post-partum celebrities on non-pregnant women’s body image. Sex Roles, 74, 24-34.
  • Hopper, K.M. & Huxford, J. (in press). Emotion instruction in journalism courses: An analysis of introductory news writing textbooks. Communication Education.
  • Hopper, K.M. & Huxford, J. (2015). Gathering emotion: Examining newspaper journalists’ engagement in emotional labor. Journal of Media Practice, 16, 25-41.
  • Huxford, J. & Hopper, K.M. (in press). The shock of the new: A case study of technological innovation at a student run university television station. In Adamo, G. & DiBiase. A. (Eds.), Education in Action: The Crucible of College Media. Peter Lang Publishers.
  • Moore, M. A., Huxford, J., & K. M. Hopper (2014). Whistleblower as news source: A complex relationship examined through a survey of journalists’ attitudes. Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies 3:3, 359-378.
  • Hopper, K.M. (2014). Looking beyond the baby bump: The role of magazine portrayals of pregnant and post-partum celebrity bodies in social comparison processes in pregnant women. Ohio Communication Journal, 52, 34-50.
  • Hopper, K.M., & Aubrey, J.S. (2013). Examining the impact of celebrity gossip magazine coverage of pregnant celebrities on pregnant women’s body image. Communication Research, 40, 767-788.
  • Hopper, K.M. (2013). Inverted Pyramid Style: A Brief History. In J.P. McHale (Ed.), Multi-Modal Media Writing: Readings on crafting convergent media messages (pp. 10-17). Righteous Publishing: Normal, IL.
  • Aubrey, J.S., Hopper, K.M., & Mbure, W.G. (2011). Check that body! The effects of sexually objectifying music videos on college men’s sexual beliefs. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 55, 360-379.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Reardon, E. E., Davis, D. C., & Hopper, K. M. (2016, November). Social Comparison Theory and Female Body Perceptions: America’s Next Top Model and College-Age Viewers. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. (Mass Communication Division).
  • Hopper, K.M. & Huxford, J. (2015, April). Emotion instruction in journalism courses: An analysis of introductory news writing textbooks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI. Presented on the Top Paper Panel.
  • Hunt, S., Carpenter, N., Hopper, K.M., Lippert, L., & Moore, M. (2015, April). Talking SMACC about social media: Converging scholarship through cutting-edge technology in the classroom. Discussion panel presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI.
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • University Teaching Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2016
  • Top Paper Award
  • Central States Communication Association Communication Ethics Division
  • 2013
  • Top Paper Award
  • Central States Communication Association Basic Course Division
  • 2006