Brian Lamb School of CommunicationCenter for C-SPAN Scholarship & EngagementCollege of Liberal Arts


Department Head

Marifran Mattson, Ph.D

Professor and Head of the Brian Lamb school of Communication

Marifran Mattson is Professor and Head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Professor Mattson emphasizes the Scholarship of Engagement by exploring the intersection of designing, implementing, and evaluating health communication campaigns, health advocacy initiatives, and service-learning pedagogy.  Prior to being called into academic administration and following a serious accident, Mattson and her students initiated the Motorcycle Safety at Purdue campaign, which integrated her professional interests. She also was involved in passing legislation that mandates health insurance companies to provide coverage for prosthetics in Indiana.  Professor Mattson is a coauthor of two books; Health as Communication Nexus: A Service-Learning Approach and Health Advocacy: A Communication Approach.  In addition, her research has been published in journals including Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, Communication MonographsHealth CommunicationHealth Promotion Practice,  Health Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Health Communication, and Social Science & Medicine.


Robert X. Browning, Ph.D

professor of political science and Faculty director of the center for c-span scholarship & engagement

Robert X Browning joined the Purdue University faculty in 1981 after receiving his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1987, he founded the C-SPAN Archives first at Purdue University and now in its facility in the Purdue Research Park. In 2010 the Archives, where he serves as the Executive Director, won a George Foster Peabody Award for its work in creating the online Video Library. He teaches and researches congressional procedures, Indiana politics, and television and politics. In 2010 he was appointed to the faculty of communication in addition to his position as a professor of political science where he serves as the Faculty Director of the Purdue University Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement. He is the author of four books featuring research using the C-SPAN Archives.

Andrea Langrish

Andrea Langrish

Managing Director, Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement

Andrea Langrish is an educator with a background in business. She holds a BA in Journalism and a M.Ed. in Instructional Specialist. During her career, Andrea has worked for a Fortune 1000 company in public relations, international marketing, strategy, product management, and sales management. As part of the company’s international product development team, she oversaw the coordination of global, cross-functional teams in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and training. Later, Andrea took her business skills from the boardroom to the classroom. She specialized in technology integration for student learning and conducted professional development training for educators. As part of the summer enrichment team, Andrea developed the Newsmakers program which introduced younger students to the art of journalism. During her time in the classroom, Andrea was a mentor and coach for student teachers and student volunteers. She developed grant-winning programs which focused on experiential learning and education technology.

Advisory Committee


Josh Boyd, Ph.D

professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Brian Lamb School of Communication

Josh Boyd is a professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University.  He is a faculty fellow at Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence, and he pioneered the Lamb School’s 3-year undergraduate degree program.  Josh has studied organizational rhetoric in contexts from food safety to online auctions to stadium naming.  His research has been published in 17 different communication journals as well as  The Wall Street Journal , and he serves on three journal editorial boards.  In 2010, he won Purdue’s top university-wide teaching award.

Kathryn Brownell

Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University

Kathryn Cramer Brownell is an associate professor of history at Purdue University and an editor at Made By History, the history column at the Washington Post. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections between media, politics, and popular culture, with a particular emphasis on the American presidency. Her first book, Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), examines the institutionalization of entertainment styles and structures in American politics and the rise of the celebrity presidency. She is now working on a new book project on the political history of cable television.

Natasha Duncan

Natasha Duncan, Ph.D

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Dean of International Education and Affairs, Honors College

Prior to returning to Purdue as faculty, Natasha Duncan was an assistant professor of political science at Mercyhurst University, Erie PA, where she also served as the director of the Honors Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. Her research broadly focuses on international migration. Her 2012 book,  Immigration Policymaking in the Global Era: In Pursuit of Global Talent, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), examines high skilled labor migration and the role of immigration policy as a determinant in the movement of global talent. She has published work on highly skilled labor migration, immigration policies in the facilitation of brain drains and gains, international migrant circulation, and naturalization and immigrant integration in the United States. She is currently working on research that examines the political consequences of emigration on countries of origin. She is also interest in Caribbean politics, where she researches on democratic sustainability and integration.

Jen Hoewe

Jen Hoewe, Ph.D

Assistant Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication

Jennifer Hoewe is an assistant professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. She also holds a courtesy appointment within the Department of Political Science. She studies media psychology and political communication. More specifically, she examines how politics influence media creation and consumption and how media portrayals of political issues impact related attitudes and policy decisions. Her research has been published in Media Psychology, the American Behavioral Scientist, and the Journal of Social Issues, among others.

Diana Zulli

Diana Zulli, Ph.D

Assistant Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication

Diana Zulli studies the interaction of communication theory, political rhetoric, and digital technology. In particular, she is interested in how communication theories function in, and are affected by, the rapidly changing digital communication environment, how news media shapes political discourse, and how digital technology affects political processes. Her research has been published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, New Media and Society, the International Journal of Communication, and Politics and Gender, among other outlets. Diana has industry experience in public relations, and she teaches a range of strategic communication topics, including public relations and political communication.

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