Contrary to misconceptions that communication scholarship is solely relevant within the “ivory tower” of academia, research in communication is in fact pertinent and important to almost all facets of human life and society, from health campaigns and the recent COVID-19 pandemic to interpersonal interactions, environmentalism, social justice advocacy, and political structures and power dynamics. In this new series, MastersinCommunications.com speaks with numerous communication scholars regarding how their research engages pressing contemporary and historical issues, and provides detailed articles on the purpose and impact of these scholars’ research at the individual and broader societal and environmental levels.

Through this series, we hope to provide insight into the crucial work that communication scholars do to investigate media, interpersonal communication, health communication, political argumentation, and other ways in which humans exchange information and meaning. Many contemporary communication and media scholars are highly invested in how their work radiates outwards into the larger world, and this series is also an opportunity for us to celebrate their efforts. Read and gain inspiration from these fascinating accounts of communication scholarship in action!


Redefining Human Identity: The Human Animal Earthling and Contemporary Rights Movements

Dr. Carrie P. Freeman is a Professor of Communication at Georgia State University, where she studies animal rights, environmental movements, veganism and vegan advocacy, and complex interplay of “human animal earthlings” with their environment and beyond human animal peers.