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Traci K. Gillig

PhD Candidate in Communication, Washington State University

Hello there! I'm Traci Gillig, a communication scholar and Assistant Professor at Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

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, 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.

I completed doctoral studies at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication. 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!


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, Washington State University
  • 2014–2019
    Annenberg Fellow, University of Southern California

Professional Memberships

  • International Communication Association
  • National Communication Association