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Ernest Hakanen

Ernest Hakanen, PhD

Director, Graduate Programs in Communication, Culture & Media
Professor of Communication
Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture &

Editor, Explorations in Media Ecology: The Journal of the Media Ecology Association
Department of Communication
Office: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 149


  • PhD, Communication, Temple University, 1989

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Communication history
  • Media theory
  • Emotions and technology
  • Semiotics


Ernest Hakanen, PhD, teaches "Theories of Communication and Persuasion," "Media Effects," "History of Electronic Media," and "Mass Communication and American Social Thought." He researches music and emotions, history of our discipline, fandom and social grid indicators eg. lists, ratings, ranking, reviews, etc., those things that tell us how we think we fit. Hakenen was a fellow at the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Scientific Structures in 2017, is a former Annenberg fellow and fellow at the Critical Theory Institute, UC Irvine. He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Communication and reviewer for several journals.

Selected Publications:

  • Branding the teleself: Mass media effects discourse and the changing self. Lexington Books (Rowman-Littlefield): Lanham, MD, 2007.
  • Signs of war: From patriotism to dissent. (Co-Edited with Anne-Marie Obatek-Kirkwood). Palgrave MacMillan: New York, 2007.
  • Relationship between emotional intelligence to emotional recognition and mood management. Psychological Reports. 94: 1097-1103, 2004.