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Travis L Dixon
Professor Dixon is a media effects scholar who specializes in investigating the prevalence of stereotypes in the mass media and the impact of stereotypical imagery on audience members. He has been honored as a faculty fellow with UIUC's Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society and he was the 2013 Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service. Dr. Dixon has received 7 top paper awards from the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association. He has also received a top article award from the National Communication Association. Dr. Dixon serves on the editorial boards of Communication Research, Howard Journal of Communications, Media Psychology, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Much of Dr. Dixon's work has been focused on racial stereotyping in television news. His more recent investigations examine the content and effects of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in major news events, online news, and musical contexts.
- media stereotypes, content and effects of traditional/digital media
- Ph.D., 1998, Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
- M.A, 1994, Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
- B.A., 1992, Communication, University of California, Los Angeles
Distinctions / Awards
- 2019, Inducted as International Communication Association Fellow
- 2015, Top Four Paper Award in the Mass Communication Division, National Communication Association
- 2015, Top Three Paper Award in the Multicultural Division, Broadcast Education Association
- 2013, Visiting Scholar, Clinton School of Public Service , U. of Arkansas scholarly investigation of stereotypical media content on network/cable news, Funded
- 2011, Excellence in Mentorship Award, Presented by UIUC Communication Leaders
- 2008, Top Paper Award in the Intergroup Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association
- 2016-2017, PI, Examining Systemic Distortions and Inaccuracies in the News and Opinion Media Framing of Black Families, Family Story
- 2005-2008, Co-PI, Police-Community Relations RAND Corporation in Cincinnati, Funded
- Communication 277 (Lower Division Course): Introduction to the Mediated Communication
- Communication 429 (Upper Division Course): Race and the Mass Media
- Communication 529 (Graduate Course): Introduction to Mass Communication Theory
In The News
Professor Travis Dixon studies how stereotypes influence and affect audiences of media content. In a recent collaborative project, Professor Dixon investigated the prevalence of stereotypes associated with rap music, such as substance abuse, misogyny, and violence.