BiographyJohn C. Pollock, Ph.D.
Professor, The College of New Jersey
John C. Pollock, Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Affiliate in Public Health, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), received his B.A. from Swarthmore (political science), M. (I) P.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse (international public administration) and Ph.D. from Stanford (comparative politics/Latin America). He also studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as a Ph.D. candidate. His current teaching and research interests include Health Communication, Human Rights, Journalism, International Communication, Mass Communication, and Research Methods.
Dr. Pollock has taught at Rutgers University and the City University of New York (Queens College) and has conducted research in India and Latin America (Colombia), serving as director of the Latin American Institute at Rutgers. Dr. Pollock serves on five editorial boards –Journal of Health Communication, Communication Theory, The Atlantic Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Sociology, and Mass Communication and Society. He has authored, co-authored, or edited five books, among them: Tilted Mirrors: Media Alignment with Political and Social Change – A Community Structure Approach (Hampton Press, 2007); and Media and Social Inequality: Innovations in Community Structure Research (Routledge, 2013). Both books were selected as finalists for the Jane Jacobs Award for best book in urban communication by the Urban Communication Foundation. The two most recent are Journalism and Human Rights: How Demographics Drive Media Coverage (Routledge, 2015) and (co-edited with Morton Winston) Making Human Rights News: Balancing Participation and Professionalism (Routledge, 2017). Dr. Pollock has published scholarly and professional articles in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Health Communication, Mass Communication and Society, Communication Research Reports, Society, Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of International Communication, Mass Communication Review, International Encyclopedia of Communication III, and Communication Yearbook IV, as well as The New York Times, The Nation, Industry Week and the Public Relations Journal.
Former president of the public opinion research subsidiary of a leading public relations firm, Dr. Pollock is the recipient of a Silver Anvil, the “Oscar” of the Public Relations Society of America. He has appeared on the TODAY show and Nightline and has testified before congress on his survey results. Former president of the New Jersey Communication Association, Dr. Pollock has received research grants from the Social Science Research Council, National Cancer Institute and the United Nations Foundation. He was a spring, 2010, Senior Fulbright Scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Past chair of The College of New Jersey Marketing Advisory Council and the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee, Dr. Pollock received the first award for “Mentoring Student Research” from The College of New Jersey in February, 2002. He also received the 2003 national “Advisor of the Year” award from the National Communication Association (NCA) for his work with the TCNJ Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication student honor society. He was given the 2012 “Distinguished Educator” Award by the Mass Communication and Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He authored the proposal winning the 2013 NCA “Rex Mix Program of Excellence” award recognizing TCNJ for having among the best undergraduate departments of communication studies in the nation. Dr. Pollock co-chaired The College of New Jersey Public Health Task Force, a collaborative effort involving every School at TCNJ, to launch baccalaureate, certificate and MPH programs in public health.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Public Health, Health Communication. Health Communication Campaigns (Social Marketing Approaches), Human Rights, Community Structure Theory, content analysis, survey research, research methods
A Wikipedia entry on the Community Structure Theory I have developed can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Structure_Theory
skiing, tennis, classical music (I grew up along the Front Range of the Rockies near Denver, Colorado, graduating from Golden High School.). I enjoy volunteering on a monthly basis at meetings of mid-career job-seekers, helping them find new opportunities for professional growth and employment. I am also committed to co-authoring articles, chapters and even a book with undergraduates, helping them write papers for presentation as refereed papers at state, national, and international scholarly conferences, as well as encouraging students to seek admission to leading graduate or professional schools in their areas of interest.