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Julia Hagemann May, PhD

Julia H. May, PhD

Director, Professional MS Communication Programs
Associate Teaching Professor of Communication
Department of Communication
Office: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 163
Phone: 215.895.5804


  • PhD, Communication, Culture & Media, Drexel University
  • MS, Communication, Drexel University
  • MA, Political Science, LMU Munich, Germany

Research Interests:

  • Political Communication
  • International politics and its news coverage
  • Public Opinion
  • Debate in the Public Sphere
  • Transatlantic relations
  • War, Torture and Human Rights


Julia H. May is an Associate Teaching Professor, and the Director of the Professional Masters programs in the Department of Communication. She also serves as Co-Director of senior projects, the capstone course for senior communication students.

Julia’s teaching focuses on public communication, and here especially courses related to public relations and journalism. She enjoys to teach writing courses such as PR writing, journalism and news writing, as well as public speaking and research methods, both quantitative and qualitative in nature.

Julia’s research interests are in political communication, mostly focusing on the discussion of foreign policy events in different parts of the public sphere such as newspaper opinion and online discussion and blogs.

Selected Publications:

Selected Publications

  • Porpora, D. Nikolaev, A., May Julia H., Jenkins, A. (2012). Post-Ethical Society: The Attack on Iraq, Abu Ghraib and the Moral Failure of the Secular American Public Sphere. Under contract with The University of Chicago Press.
  • Porpora, D., Nikolaev, A. and Hagemann, J. (2010). Abuse, Torture, Frames and Editorials. Journal of Communication, 60 (2).

Research Presentations

  • Hagemann, J., Jenkins, A., Nikolaev, A., Porpora, D. (2011). “The Content of Moral Debate Online: The Attack on Iraq and the Revelations of Abu Ghraib”. Presented at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Arlington, VA.
  • Hagemann, J., Nikolaev A., and Porpora D. (2010) “Necessary Interrogation or Inhumane Torture. The Torture Debate in the American Public Sphere”. Presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Baltimore, MD.
  • Hagemann, J., Nikolaev A., and Porpora D. (2007) “Some did dare call it torture – but not loudly”. Presented at the Conference on Media, War and Conflict, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.