My name is Patrick Johnson and I am currently a doctoral student and the inaugural Easton Graduate Teaching Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.
When I’m not being a teacher/scholar

In my free time I probably can be found reading random works of narrative nonfiction, watching way too many horror films (or rewatching countless Disney or 90s/00s teen movies), being inundated with the news, making fun of and commenting about politics, consuming far too much pop culture on social media, getting way too involved in college football and basketball, and bouncing around and singing to whatever song ends up playing on my Apple Music (which usually is a healthy dose of today’s top hits, 90s/00s hits, grunge, classic rock, heavy metal, and show tunes). 

What I’m doing currently

Inaugural Easton Graduate Teaching Fellow | School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Graduate Instructor | School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Digital Studio Fellow | Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio
(Summer 2022)

Research Affiliate | Trusting News

Research Affiliate | Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Team | Mapping Impactful Media Literacy Practices Project

Additional Iowa Experiences

Research Assistant | School of Journalism and Mass Communication
(Summer 2021

Public Humanities Fellow | Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
(Summer 2021)

Additional Teaching Experiences

English and Media Teacher & Media Adviser | Antioch Community High School

Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Media Studies | Marquette University

Additional Relevant Professional Experiences

Ethics Research Intern | Storyfit: AI for the Entertainment Industry
(Winter 2020)

Director, Summer Journalism Workshop | Kettle Moraine Press Association

Instructor, Urban Journalism Workshop | Diederich College of Communication


John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student – Research 2022
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Iowa

Top Student Paper 2021
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
LGBTQ Interest Group

Hugh Vollrath Ross Scholarship 2021
Graduate College
University of Iowa

Outstanding Graduate Student 2013
Diederich College of Communication
Marquette University


Ph.D. | Mass Communication, in progress
The University of Iowa, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Tully, Associate Professor of Journalism

MA | Communication, May 2013
Marquette University, Diederich College of Communication
Thesis: The Impurity Truth: How Popular Media Taught Millennial Males to Get Laid and “Do It” as Early as Possible
Advisor: Dr. Bonnie Brennen, Professor Emerita and Nieman Professor of Journalism

BS | Secondary Education and Journalism, June 2011
Marquette University, College of Education


University of Iowa
Melissa Tully, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Brian Ekdale, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Rachel Young, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor
Cristina Tilly, J.D., Professor of Law

Kajsa Dalrymple, Ph.D., Senior Communications Manager Usona Institute
Srividya “Srivi” Ramasubramanian, Ph.D., Syracuse University, Newhouse Professor
Stephanie Craft, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Professor
Paul Mihalidis, Ph.D., Emerson University, Professor
Ana Garner, Ph.D., Marquette University, Professor, Journalism Dept. Head
Bonnie Brennen, Ph.D., Marquette University, Professor Emerita
Daradirek “Gee” Ekachai, Ph.D., Marquette University, Associate Professor Emerita
Karen Slattery, Ph.D., Marquette University, Professor Emerita

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