MONIQUE LUISI is an assistant professor of strategic communication in the Missouri School of Journalism. Her research focuses on media message strategy, focusing on health and underserved populations. She has conducted research on media representations and audience perceptions of the HPV vaccine, Ebola, diabetes, breast cancer, coming out, and hypersexual desire disorder – using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Luisi also has interests in media ethics and is a recipient of the Carol Burnett Top Paper Award from the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Her research has been published in the Journal of Homosexuality, Atlantic Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Media and Religion. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research.
At the Missouri School of Journalism, Luisi has taught strategic communication research, mass media theory, and thesis writing seminar.
Luisi earned a B.A. in communication, a minor in Spanish language and cultures, and a certificate in African-American Studies from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in communication from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. in journalism and mass communications from The University of Kansas.
- Luisi, M., Barker, J. and Geana, M. (2018). American Ebola Story: Frames in U.S. national newspapers. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26(5), 267-277. doi: 10.1080/15456870.2018.1517764
- Luisi, M., Luisi, T. and Bobkowski, P. (2018). “A very dangerous battleground”: How abstinent Christian men select and navigate media in the presence of sexual media content. Journal of Media and Religion, 17(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1080/15348423.2018.1463706
- Luisi, M. L. R, Luisi, T. and Geana, M.V. (2016). Homosexuality and the heartbeat of a locker room: An analysis of quotations in the context of hegemonic and inclusive masculinity theories. Journal of Homosexuality, 63(10), 1314-1338. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1157996
- Luisi, M. (2018, Nov.). HPV vaccination approaches: Appealing to the parents. Presented at Rebuilding the Civic Compact: Funded Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), St. Louis, Missouri.
- Luisi, M. (2018, Nov.). Writings on the wall: Kansan parent/guardian perceptions of human papillomavirus, the vaccine, and the influence of social media. Presented at the MAPACA 29th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
- Luisi, M. (2018, Sep.) Brave new theory: A call for theoretical development and study of the components and effects of misinformation, disinformation, and digital nativity. Presented at Rethinking Theories and Concepts of Mediated Communication. Barcelona, Spain.
- Luisi, M., and Jones, R. (2018, Feb.). “Don’t get it twisted, sis”: Framing Black American issues through Randall Pearson’s experience in This is Us. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Mid-Winter Conference (Entertainment Studies Interest Group), University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
- Luisi, M. Kang, H., Omoscharka, M.,and Geana, M. (2017, Nov.). Zika in the USA: Risk frames in the headlines. Presented at the MAPACA 28th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Maschke, P.J., and Luisi, M., (2017, Nov.). Our brand is support: Higher ed’s response to the initial 2017 travel ban. Presented at the MAPACA 28th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Luisi, M., Barker, J., and Geana, M. (2016, Nov.). American Ebola Story – How U.S. national newspapers framed the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Presented at the MAPACA 27th Annual Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
- Geana, M., Adi, A., and Luisi, M. (2016, Sep.). Framing Angelina Jolie: Newspaper reporting in the US and the UK on her 2013 breast surgery. European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) 2016. Heidelberg, Germany
- Luisi, M., and Luisi, T. (2016, Feb). Hello, Addyi! – A thematic analysis of U.S. newspaper articles covering the first drug to treat sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women. Presented at the AEJMC Mid-Winter Conference (Cultural and Critical Studies Division), University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
- Robinson, M. L., Luisi, T., and Geana, M. (2015, Aug.). The heartbeat of a locker room: Reactions to Jason Collins and Michael Sam coming out. Presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Interest Group Division/Interest Group), San Francisco, California.
- Robinson, M.L., and Luisi, T. (2015, Aug.). Sexual battlegrounds: How abstinent Christian men select and navigate media content. Presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference (Religion and Media Interest Group), San Francisco, California.
- Robinson, M. L. (2015, Apr.). A community-based participatory approach to addressing the gonorrhea epidemic in Wyandotte, County Kansas. Poster presented at the Annual Graduate Student Research Competition at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
- Robinson, M.L., and Bobkowski, P. (2015, March). Media and the men who wait: Applying the sexual media practice model to Christian men who abstain from pre-marital sex and their relationships with the media. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Cultural and Critical Studies Division. Presented at the AEJMC Mid-Winter Conference, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
- Robinson, M.L. (2014, Aug.). Their eyes are watching: The ethics of Facebook’s graphic content policy regarding violence and adolescents. Presented at the AEJMC Annual Conference (Media Ethics Division), Montreal, Canada.
Grants and Collaborations
- Collaborator, National Science Foundation (PI-Shelly Rodgers, Co-PI-Jack Schultz), $487,468, “NRT-IGE: A test bed for STEM graduate student communication training.” February 2018-August 2018.
- 2018 Top Paper Abstract, AEJMC Midwinter Meeting (Entertainment Studies Interest Group)
- 2015 Top Paper (2nd place), AEJMC Annual Meeting (Religion and Media Interest Group)
- 2014 AEJMC/Kappa Tau Alpha/University of Hawaii Carol Burnett Award for best student paper in media ethics