Faculty and Staff - Strategic Communication

Bradley E. Wiggins

Dr. Bradley E. Wiggins

Associate Professor and Head of Department

  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
  • MEDC 3150 Special Topics: Remix Culture, Internet Memes, and Viral Media
  • MEDC 3190 Introduction to Media Research
  • MEDC 4110 Media and Digital Culture
  • PBRL 1010 Fundamentals of Strategic Communication and Public Relations
  • SPCM 1040 Public Speaking
  • SPCM 1280 Interpersonal Communications

Bradley E Wiggins, Ph.D., has been associate professor and department head of Media Communications at Webster Vienna Private University since July 2015. His research interests include digital culture, new media, games and simulations, and intercultural communication.

His scholarship has been published in competitive journals, such as Simulation & Gaming, New Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, and International Journal of Game-Based Learning. He has presented his scholarship at the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Popular Culture Association, and at conferences in Switzerland, Germany, and Turkey. 

Prior to his start at Webster he was assistant professor of media communication at the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith. There he became department head in July 2014 and developed a new undergraduate program in strategic communication, improved assessment techniques, served on several successful search committees, worked as an active advisory council member for the Western Arkansas Technical Center, and served as faculty advisor for the student-run online newspaper The Lion’s Chronicle.

Bradley Wiggins received his Doctor of Philosophy in Communications Media and Instructional Technology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2011. Prior to his doctoral study he managed the language and intercultural training and interpreting division of Echo International in Pittsburgh, PA. He worked as a freelance trainer in Poland and Germany from 2003-2006.

He received his M.A. in German Language and Literature and a Certificate in the Teaching of English to Students of other Languages from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, where he also gained a B.A. in German and History with a Russian minor in 1999. From 1999-2000 he was a Fulbright teaching associate at the Schiller Gymnasium in Offenburg, Germany. 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Communications Media and Instructional Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • M.A. in German Language and Literature and TESOL Certification, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • B.A. in History and German; Russian, University of Pittsburgh, 1999

Selected Publications

Monograph

  • Wiggins, B.E. (2019). The Discursive Power of Memes in Digital Culture: Ideology, semiotics, and intertextuality. Routledge.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Invited Talks

  • Wiggins, B.E. (2020, Sept. 16). Media and Reporting: COVID-19. Invited for panel discussion as part of the Long Nights of Interculturality hosted by the International Cultural Diversity Organization. Vienna, Austria. 
  • Wiggins, B.E. (2018, Dec. 13). The impacts of social media on human rights and activism. Invited Keynote for Seminar held at Webster University Geneva in honor of International Human Rights Day. Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • Wiggins, B.E. (2018, Feb. 22). Upholding democracy in an age of fake news. General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly. Vienna, Austria.

Books

  • Wiggins, B.E. (2019). The Discursive Power of Memes in Digital Culture: Ideology, semiotics, and intertextuality. Routledge. 

External Links

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3500-1778

Daniela Machian

Mag. Daniela Machian

Department Coordinator

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Meng Chen, Ph.D

Dr. Meng Chen

Assistant Professor

  • MDST 1010 Media foundation
  • SPCM 2400 Persuasion
  • BUSN 2750 Introduction to Statistics
  • MEDC 3190 Introduction to Media Research
  • PBRL 4500 Health Communication
  • SPCM 1280 Interpersonal Communication

 

Meng Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Communications. Her research lies at the intersection of persuasion, health communication, and language use. She is active in two lines of research. One line examines the strategic use of narrative persuasion in health contexts.

In particular, she tests how narrative features (e.g., linguistic agency assignment, similarity with story protagonist, point of view, and protagonist competence) influence readers’ engagement with the story character and, ultimately, their health-related perceptions and decision-making. The other research line centers on breast cancer patients’ language use and effects on new media.

Taking an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological approach, this research program explores the interactions among linguistic features of patients’ online posts, their personal network structures, and social capital flow on social support platforms.

Her previous research has appeared in journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Health Communication, and Communication Research. While in her graduate program, she was a recipient of Provost’s First-Year Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Provost’s Dissertation Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Health Communication, University of California, Davis, 2018
  • M.A. in Mass Communication, University of Houston, 2011
  • B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing International Studies University, 2009

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Chen, M., Bell, R. A., & Barnett, G. (2020). From network positions to language use: Understanding the effects of brokerage and closure structures from a linguistic perspective. Health Communication, 1, 1-8. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2020.1731776
  • Chen, M., & Zhao, L. (2020). Mapping breast cancer survivors’ psychosocial coping along disease trajectory: A language approach. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105320919893
  • Chen, M., Bell, R. A., & Taylor, L. D. (2017). Persuasive effects of point of view, protagonist competence, and similarity in a health narrative about type 2 diabetes. Journal of Health Communication, 22, 702-712.
  • Peña, J., & Chen, M. (2017). With great power comes great responsibility: Superhero primes and expansive poses influence prosocial behavior after a motion-controlled game task. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, 378-385.
  • Peña, J., & Chen, M. (2017). Playing with power: Power poses affect enjoyment, social presence, controller responsiveness, and arousal when playing natural motion controller games. Computers in Human Behavior, 71, 428-435.
  • Chen, M., Bell, R.A., & Taylor, L.A. (2016). Narrator point of view and persuasion in health narratives: The role of similarity, identification, and susceptibility. Journal of Health Communication, 21, 908-918.
  • Berger, C., Ya, H., & Chen, M. (2016). Story appraisal theory: From story kernel appraisal to implications and impact. Communication Research, 1, 1-30.
  • Chen, M., McGlone, M.S., Bell, R.A. (2015). Persuasive effects of linguistic agency assignments and point of view in narrative health messages about colon cancer. Journal of Health Communication, 20, 977-988.

Book Chapters

  • Chen, M. (Accepted). Strategic use of narratives in health persuasion. In Psychology of Persuasion. Hauppauge, Nova Science Publishers.

Conference papers

  • Chen, M. & Zhao, L. (May, 2020). Mapping breast cancer survivors’ psychosocial coping along disease trajectory. Paper accepted to the International Communication Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Chen, M. (November, 2019). The impact of language use on social support exchange in an online breast cancer discussion group. Paper presented to the European Conference on Health Communication, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Chen, M. (July, 2019). The impact of linguistic features of cancer prevention messages on virality, broadcasting speed, and audience media engagement. Paper presented to the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Madrid, Spain.
  • Chen, M., Bell, R. A., & Barnett, G. (June, 2019). Modeling the impact of breast cancer patients’ online social network on language use. Paper to be presented to the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Montreal, Canada.
  • Chen, M., Bell, R. A., & Taylor, L. D. (November, 2017). Persuasive effects of point of view, protagonist competence, and similarity in a health narrative about type 2 diabetes. Paper to be presented to the National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Chen, M., & Pena, J. (November, 2016). The effects of physical poses on power feelings and risk-taking behaviors after playing with a motion controlled video game. Paper presented to the National Communication Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Chen, M., Jiang, K., Zhao, L., & Barnett, G. (June, 2015). Semantic network analysis of a breast cancer forum in the United States. Paper presented to the International Network for Social Network Analysis, Sunbelt, UK.
  • Chen, M., & Xiao, Z. (November, 2014). Examining the effectiveness of a fear appeal message regarding calling while driving: The role of perceived behavioral control and subjective social norms. Paper presented to the Competitively Selected Papers about Behavioral Responses and Messaging at the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Chen, M., & Bell, R. A. (April, 2014). Persuasive effects of linguistic agency assignments and point of view in narrative health messages about colon cancer. Paper presented at the Kentucky Conference Health Communication (KCHC), Lexington, KY.

Ad hoc reviewer

  • Journal of Health Communication
  • International Journal of English and Literature
  • Chinese Journal of Communication

External Links

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4503-5226 

Anthony Löwstedt, Ph.D

Dr. Anthony Löwstedt

Assistant Professor

  • FRSH 1200 From Tattoo to iPad: Media and Cultural Development
  • FRSH 1200 The Development of Communication
  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
  • MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
  • MEDC 1630 Media Literacy
  • MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media
  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media
  • MEDC 3150 African Media and Culture
  • VIDE 3150 Webcast Production
  • FLST 3170/ ART 4920 Seminar in Visual Culture: Topics in Documentary Film Studies
  • MEDC 3190 Introduction to Media Research
  • MEDC 3260/INTL 3260, Surveillance, Privacy, and the Media
  • MEDC 3260/INTL 3260 International Communications: The Media Wars in the Middle East
  • MEDC 3260/INTL 3260, International Communications: Media Diversity, Culture, and the Nation-state
  • MEDC 3260 International Communications: Media Freedom and Power in the Arab World
  • MEDC 3700: Topics in International Communications: Media, Globalization and Culture
  • MDST 3700 Topics in International Communications: Media Convergence, Governance, and Regulation
  • MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
  • MEDC 5310/INTL 5600 Media and Culture: South Africa – A Historic Transition
  • ANSO 1010 Introduction to Anthropology/Sociology
  • ANSO 1070 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 2890 Culture and Disease: African Situations and Solutions
  • GNST 1250 Freshman Seminar: Globalization 
  • GNST 1250 Freshman Seminar: Cultural Identity
  • PHIL 1010 Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 1100 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2110 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems
  • HIST 2000 Social History
  • HIST 2450 African History
  • HIST 3150 Economic, Political and Social Aspects of Globalization
  • INTL 3600 Methods of Political Inquiry
  • POLT 3600, Methods in Political Science

Dr. Anthony Löwstedt worked at the International Press Institute in Vienna from 1994 to 2005 with press freedom- and media monitoring-related human rights work, including research, documentation, publications, and consultation. He organized, contributed, and attended seminars, conferences, and congresses, and is the editor of Africa (1997-2000) and Middle East/North Africa (2000-2005) sections of the annual World Press Freedom Review.

From 2004 to 2005 Dr. Löwstedt worked as Senior Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Miftah – The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, Media and Information Programme, in Ramallah and Jerusalem, as part of the UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People: Transfer of Knowledge. He also taught philosophy/cultural studies at Bir Zeit University, Palestine in 2005.
Dr. Löwstedt was an adjunct professor at the Austrian Media Academy, Kuratorium für Journalistenausbildung, European Journalism Training Association, Salzburg, Austria / Universität Leipzig, Germany from 2013 to 2015.

He is a board member of OLive (Open Learning Initiative) at Universität Wien, and of the International Cultural Diversity Organization; consultant to the International Press Institute and to the UNDP; and member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), the International Communication Association (ICA), Gesellschaft für Phänomenologie und kritische Anthropologie, and the Arab-U.S. Association of Communication Educators.
 
He is a peer reviewer for: Journal of Media Ethics, IAMCR, ICA, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, International Review for Information Ethics, Gesellschaft für Phänomenologie und kritische Anthropologie, Political Research Exchange, Journal of Greek Media and Culture, Media and Communication, International Journal of Digital Television, and Journal of Digital Media and Policy.
 
Since 2018, he has also worked as an external evaluator for Portugal’s public science and technology agency: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I. P. (FCT), on the Media and Communications, Law and Political Science panels.
His research interests center on ethical principles of communication, transnational media regulation, media development, communication theory, and on media, communication, and conflict.

Education

  • Doktor der Philosophie (Ph.D.), Philosophie und gewählte Fächer, University of Vienna, 1994
  • Magister (MA), Philosophie und gewählte Fächer (philosophy and selected disciplines: Psychology, Linguistics and Theory of Science), University of Vienna, 1986
  • Philosophy studies on an exchange grant between the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research and Svenska Institutet at the University of Vienna, Austria, 1984-1985
  • History of Ideas, Philosophy, and Theory of Science studies at the University of Göteborg
  • Secondary school in Hong Kong and in Göteborg, Sweden

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Löwstedt, A. & Kapidzic, A. (2021, forthcoming). Communication, Equality and Dignity in Early Antiquity: The Ethics of Ptahhotep. 
    Löwstedt, A. (2020). Developmental Stages of Information and Communication Technology. Communication Theory, doi: 10.1093/ct/qtaa015
  • Löwstedt, A. (2019). Do We Still Adhere to the Norms of Ancient Egypt? A Comparison of Ptahhotep’s Communication Ethics with Current Regulatory Principles, International Communication Gazette, doi: 10.1177/1748048518802241.
  • Löwstedt, A. & Mboti, N. (2017). Media Racism: Beyond Modernity and Postmodernity, in Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship, edited by A. Löwstedt, M. Schwärzler-Brodesser, & B. E. Wiggins, Issue 1-2 of the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Vol. 13, pp. 111-130, doi: 10.1386/macp.13.1-2.111_1 
  • Löwstedt, A., & Al-Wahid, S. (2013). Cultural diversity and the global regulation of new media technologies. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 9(2), 195-200. doi: 10.1386/macp.9.2.215_3
  • Löwstedt, A., & Madhoun, H. (2010). Wenn Fakten auf der Strecke bleiben: Die Rollen der Medien im Nahostkonflikt (‚When the Facts Don’t Make It: The Roles of the Media in the Middle East Conflict’). International: Die Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, 31(2), 36-38.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2007). Rights versus diversity? The accelerated extinction of languages and cultures as an aspect of current globalization trends. International Review for Information Ethics, 9(07). Retrieved from http://www.i-r-i-e.net/inhalt/007/21-loewstedt.pdf

Books

  • Abdel Rahman, W., Bahour, S. & Löwstedt, A. (2005). Here We Are: A Photo Essay on Palestine and the Palestinians, with photos by Osama Silwadi and a Foreword by Hanan Ashrawi. Ramallah: Miftah.
  • Leaper, G. W., Löwstedt, A., & Madhoun, H. (2003). Caught in the crossfire: The Iraq war and the media – A diary of claims and counterclaims, Vienna: International Press Institute, 2003, ISBN 3-9501125-1-0, http://www.freemedia.at/IraqReport2003.htm 
  • Löwstedt, A. (1995). Kultur oder Evolution? Eine Anthropologische Philosophie (‘Culture or Evolution? An Anthropological Philosophy’), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, ISBN 3-631-48178-0

Book chapters

  • Löwstedt, A. & Igropoulou, D. (2021, forthcoming). Between rights and diversities: Can the regulation of communication help prevent climate change and promote sustainable development? In J. Servaes & M. J. Yusha’u (Eds.) Global Handbook of International Communication and Sustainable Development. London: Palgrave-MacMillan.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2021). Fighting Censorship: A Shift from Freedom to Diversity. Chapter 1 in M. Deflem & D. M. D. Silva (Eds.). Media and Law: Between Free Speech and Censorship (Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance: Vol. 26). Bingley, UK: Emerald Press, pp. 9-23.
  • Löwstedt, A. & Palac, J. (2019).Media and other biocultural diversities, Chapter 1 in K. Holtzmann, T. Hug, & G. Pallaver (Eds.) (2019). Das Ende der Vielfalt? Zur Diversität der Medien, Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, pp. 19-34.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2018). Globalization and Media Ethics, in Ethics in Communication, edited by P. L. Plaisance, Volume 26 in de Gruyter Mouton Handbooks of Communication Science series, P. Schulz and P. Cobley (series editors). Berlin: De Gruyter-Mouton, pp. 367-390. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110466034-020
  • Löwstedt, A. (2015). Femicide in Apartheid: The Parallel Interplay between Racism and Sexism in South Africa and Palestine/Israel, in Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid, London: Zed Books/University of Chicago Press, edited by I. Pappe, 2015, pp. 191-238, doi: 10.5040/9781350220898.ch-006
  • Löwstedt, A. (2010). Globalisierungsstress: Über das unvermeidliche Ende des Neoliberalismus, den dringenden Bedarf einer demokratischen Weltrepublik, und die vorherige Notwendigkeit von globaler Finanz- und Medienmarktaufsicht (‘Globalization stress: on the inevitable end of neoliberalism, the urgent need for a democratic world republic, and the prior need for global finance and media market regulation’). In C. Zehetner, H. Rauchenschwandtner &B. Zehetmayer (Eds.): Transformationen der kritischen Anthropologie (pp. 325-340). Vienna: Löcker Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-85409-539-2.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2003). The need for a global association of independent press councils. In K. Hafez (Ed.): Media ethics in the dialogue of cultures: journalistic self-regulation in Europe, the Arab World, and Muslim Asia (pp. 228-232). Hamburg: Deutsches Orient-Institut.
  • Löwstedt, A., & Hahsler, K. (2003). Global guardians of the freedom of expression. In Publizistik - Vierteljahreshefte für Kommunikationsforschung, Sonderheft 4/2003: W. R. Langenbucher (Ed.), Die Kommunikationsfreiheit der Gesellschaft (pp. 385–402). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Book reviews and interviews

Conference papers

  • Löwstedt, A. (2020). Electronic and digital media and their precursors, Section: History, at ‘Reimagining the Digital Future’, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress 2019 (online), July 15. 
  • Löwstedt, A. (2020). Censorship, diversity, dignity and equal rights, Working Group: Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication, at ‘Reimagining the Digital Future’, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress 2019 (online), July 13.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2019). Cultural Diversity, Biodiversity and the Future of Humankind. The Long Nights of Interculturality, Keynote speech. Speech, Rathaus Wien, September 1-4, 2019.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2019). Communication and Dignity in Early Antiquity, research paper presented at ‘Communication, Technology and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths’, Working Group: Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress 2019, Madrid, Spain, July 7-11, 2019
  • Löwstedt, A. (2018). Diversität als politische Aufgabe und persönliches Erlebnis in Medienwelten (‘Diversity as political task and personal experience in media worlds‘), keynote speech, Medientag 2018: Das Ende der Vielfalt? Zur Diversität der Medien (‘The End of Plurality? On Media Diversity‘), Universität Innsbruck.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2018). How Could Global Media Regulation Safeguard and Promote Human Rights as Well as Cultural Diversity? research paper presented at ‘Voices”, Communication Law and Policy Unit, International Communication Association (ICA) Conference 2018, Prague.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2018). Online Hate Speech against Women, presentation at “Against Online Hate – For More Online Civility”, concluding event of the International Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Vienna.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2017). Cultural Diversity and the Ethics of Globalization, World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, Vienna.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2017). Violence, Justice, and Art, presented at “Music, Diversity and Diplomacy”, a symposium organized by the International Cultural Diversity Organization and EMMA for Peace, the Euro Mediterranean Music Academy, Lerici.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2016). A Comparison of the Communication Precepts of Ptahhotep with Current Regulatory Principles,research paper presented at ‘Memory, Commemoration and Communication’, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress 2016, Leicester.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2015). Global media regulation. Paper presented at Arab-US Association of Communication Educators (AUSACE) Annual Conference, Global Trends and Prospects in Mass Communication, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2015). Regulating globally: beyond international and state regulation of the media. Paper presented at AIPCE Annual Conference, Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe, Vienna, Austria.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2015). Media history and anthropology: from pictographic to prographic media. Paper presented at Bridges and Boundaries: Theories, Concepts and Sources in Communication History, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Venice, Italy.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2015). Postmodern racism and the media. Paper presented at Media Trends VI: ‘Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship’, an international conference organized by MEDC department colleagues and myself at Webster Vienna Private University, under the patronage of the City of Vienna, Austria.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2014). Transnational media regulation: how to balance human rights, cultural diversity and regionalism? Paper presented at ‘Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice’, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress, Hyderabad, India.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2014). Global instead of international media regulation. Paper presented at Media and Privacy Invasion, the 5th International Media Trends Conference, organized by the Department of Media Communications, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Löwstedt, A., & Ebner-Daigle, J. (2013). The child’s development of mastering information and communication technologies. Paper presented at Challenging Crossroads: Children and the Media, the 4th International Media Trends Conference, organized by the Department of Media Communications, Webster University Geneva and the Institute for Global Governance (Geneva), Switzerland.
  • Löwstedt, A. (2012). Cultural diversity and the global regulation of new media technologies. Paper presented at ‘Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights’, an Economic & Social Research Council Workshop, organized by the Department of Communication Science at the University of Vienna, the University of Brighton, University of Leicester, and the University of Oxford, held at the University of Vienna, Austria.

External Links

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5690-5122