Communication Research Center

Our Mission

  • Effectively use the most advanced theory and methods for examining communication.
  • Address both theoretical and applied problems and their intersection.
  • Integrate the talents and abilities of researchers across fields at Boston University to focus on communication-related issues.
  • Educate undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty on cutting-edge developments in communication research.

Lecture Series

Each year two distinguished scholars are invited to share their scholarship and expertise with the BU community. In recognition of the pioneering and inspirational contributions of Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur to the field of mass communication research and his service as a venerable and inexhaustible member of the CRC, the faculty members of the CRC have named this series in his honor.

The study of emotion in media-based communication contexts has been largely limited to the study of fear appeals and mood management. Yet there are a multitude of ways in which emotion may be productively integrated into our thinking about message design and effects. Dr. Robin L. Nabi (Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara) introduces three novel approaches to the study of emotion in media contexts.

Dr. Maxwell McCombs (Professor and Jesse H. Jones Chair in Communications at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin) presented a research talk, “Do the Media Tell Us What to Think About? The Psychology of Agenda Setting,” as part of the Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series.

Research Areas

Researchers of the Communication Research Center maintain active academic research programs across a variety of study areas study areas including:

  • Media effects
  • Media studies
  • Emerging media
  • Journalism studies
  • Political communication
  • Public relations
  • Impact of media on popular culture and adolescents
  • International communication
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Health communication