Gina Masullo Chen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Associate Director of the Center for Media Engagement in the Moody College of Communication at UT Austin.
Dr. Chen’s research focuses on how the digital space both connects and divides people and how that influences society, individuals, and journalism. She is the author of Online Incivility and Public Debate: Nasty Talk and co-editor of Scandal in a Digital Age. She is currently writing her third book, The New Town Hall: Why We Engage Personally with Politicians.
Before entering academia Dr. Chen spent 20 years as a newspaper and online reporter and editor, with most of her professional experience at The Post-Standard in Syracuse, NY. During her tenure as a journalist, she covered crime, courts, prisons, and state and local government, as well as served as an assistant city editor, bureau chief, and copy editor. Near the end of her journalistic career, she wrote and blogged about parenting and young children for the newspaper.
She holds a B.A. in communication from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Before coming to UT, she spent two years as an Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
In her work at the grant-funded Center for Media Engagement, she conducts theoretically drive and empirically rigorous solutions to news organizations’ challenges.
Dr. Chen teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, including Gender and the News, Social Media Journalism, Reporting Words, and Online Incivility and Public Debate. She also teaches graduate courses, such as Introduction to Research Methods and Advanced Social Science Research Methods.
Follow her on Twitter at @ginamchen.