Meet the Team | LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

Meet the Team
Katie Searles

Faculty Affiliate - Kathleen Searles

Associate Professor

Kathleen Searles received her master's and Ph.D. from Washington State University. Her interests include news media, campaign advertising, and political psychology. Specifically, her research examines the content of partisan news, the effects of branded television fact-checking on political attitudes, and the influence of emotional campaign ads on political behavior. She has published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, and Political Psychology among others.

Chun Yang

Director - Chun Yang

Assistant Professor
Ph.D.: 2017, Pennsylvania State University – Mass Communication

Chun Yang is an assistant professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication. His research focuses on narratives and persuasion. In particular, he is interested in the emotional and cognitive impact of media messages, the role of emotion and other message features in persuasion, and media stereotypes. He earned his B.A. in journalism and first M.A. in mass communication in China and received his second M.A. in communication studies at Washington State University. He taught public speaking and worked as the teaching assistant for several courses at Washington State University. Back in China, as an instructor in college, he taught a number of courses, including TV production, introduction to TV and radio, opinion piece writing, principles of public relations, and sports commentating. He also worked at a TV station for a few years before he came to the United States. He likes outdoor activities.