Jessica L Ghilani, PhD

Assistant Professor of Communication


FOB 101

Jessica Ghilani, Assistant Professor of Communication (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) teaches courses in media studies, advertising, and corporate and professional communication. Her scholarly interests bridge theories of social and digital media studies with advertising and public relations, the history of technologies, feminism, cultural studies, and organizational communication. Her dissertation, "Selling Soldiering to Consumers: Advertising, Media, and the All-volunteer Army," examined the history and origins of volunteer-era recruiting advertising in the US army branch. In 2009 she was awarded a competitive national fellowship from the American Association of University Women to dedicate a year toward writing. Prior to that she held an appointment as a predoctoral research fellow with the Smithsonian Institution in the National Museum of American History. She has received additional grant funding from Duke University's John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History and the University of Pittsburgh Central Research Development Fund. Her work has been published in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, and the Minerva Journal of Women and War. Her research inspires her teaching and she designs communication theory and practice courses that implement multiple media tools to examine the changing landscapes and environments for communication/interactivity in a digital era.