Debra Melican Profile


Dr. Debra Burns Melican

Assistant Professor

Department: English
Office: 116 Miller Hall



PhD University of Michigan
MPA Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
JD Wayne State University Law School
AB University of Michigan

Research & Teaching Interests

Interdisciplinary communication studies scholar with research interests in communication research methods, media effects, critical race theory, and political communication. Loves teaching any communication course, especially Intro to Comm Studies, Research Methods, Communication Theory, Interpersonal Communication, and History of Television.

Scholarly Activities

Member of National Communication Association (Mass Comm, Political Comm, and Critical and Cultural Studies Divisions) and International Communication Association (Ethnicity and Race in Comm, Mass Comm, and Political Comm Divisions).


Running/jogging. (Chicago Marathon 10/10/10.) Active travel. Spending time with family and friends.

Recent Publications

Melican, D.B., & Dixon, T.R. (2008) News on the net: Credibility, selective exposure, and racial prejudice.Communication Research, 35, 151-170.