Teresa Mastin Ph.D.

Teresa Mastin

Professor & Chairperson

  • Advertising + Public Relations


Teresa Mastin, PhD (1998), Mass Media—Michigan State University, serves as the 10th chairperson for the Department of Advertising + Public Relations.


She is eager to lead the Department as it enters its 60th year: "At no other time in the Department's history has there been such an impressive number of talented individuals whose academic and professional expertise scaled such a vast range of interesting, timely, and societally and commercially important topics."

Mastin's primary research interests include media advocacy as a public relations tool, media coverage of health issues related to women, and disadvantaged and/or vulnerable populations, especially in regard to individuals residing in struggling urban communities and developing countries. She has introduced media advocacy to non-governmental organizations operating in Rwanda, Kenya, and Vietnam and supported a number of organizations' efforts to use media advocacy to engage with their local media for a purpose of promoting core components of their mission and vision. Mastin also served as a Fulbright specialist in Rwanda and Kenya. Her research has been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Black Studies; College Teaching; Communication Research Reports; Health Care for Women International; Journal of International and Intercultural Communication; the Journal of Transcultural Nursing; Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly; Newspaper Journal; PRism; Public Relations Journal; Public Relations Review. Mastin is an editorial board member for Health Communication and The Howard Journal of Communications. She is currently a SQ Scholars Advisory Board member and has been a board member for the following organizations: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC); Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR); Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4); HerStory Centre, working together for self-reliance (Nairobi, Kenya).

While the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2015 - 2018), she completed a Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and was the School's Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) certified administrator. Mastin frequently presented diversity and inclusion and cultural competency talks, workshops, and grand rounds, LGBTQ safe space trainings, and taught sustained and intergroup dialogue courses that addressed present-day hot topic issues, e.g., racial climate/privilege, sexual misconduct/harassment in the medical profession.

Research and Teaching

  • Public Relations
  • Media Advocacy
  • Media & Women's Health Issues
  • Disadvantaged/Vulnerable Populations
  • Urban Communities
  • Developing Countries
Thematic Research Areas

Global and Multicultural Communication
Health & Risk, Environment & Science Communication

Research Centers and Labs

Health and Risk Communication Center

Contact Information

Department of Advertising + Public Relations
College of Communication Arts & Sciences
Michigan State University
404 Wilson Rd., Room 309
East Lansing, MI 48823