Hello there! I'm Traci Gillig, a communication scholar and soon-to-be-graduate of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (PhD, 2019).
My research interests are in the psychological and social factors influencing the well-being of youth, particularly those from marginalized groups. My work includes examining the effects of interventions, media representations, and interpersonal relationships on youth, as well as the effects of mediated representations of marginalized groups on the attitudes of broader audiences. Recent projects have been published in leading journals such as Sex Roles, Human Communication Research, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the International Journal of Communication. My research has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and other major outlets.
Teaching is also central to my professional life, and a privilege. I strive to cultivate a classroom environment in which students feel known, respected, and able to share their unique perspectives. Serving as a Fellow at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching has contributed to my approach in designing and instructing courses.
At Annenberg, Dr. Larry Gross chairs my doctoral committee. My master's degree was completed at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, under the guidance of Dr. Marifran Mattson. I also completed undergraduate studies in the Lamb School. My professional background includes experience at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and Edelman PR.
A native Chicagoan, I've enjoyed exploring the West Coast since moving here. In my free time, you can find me driving to the mountains in search of a challenging hike and a good view