Travis L Dixon

Professor of Communication


Professor Dixon is a media effects scholar dedicated to 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 the Journal of Communication, 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.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • 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

  • 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



  • Communication 277 (Lower Division Course): Introduction to the Mediated Communication
  • Communication 326 (Upper Division Course): Mass Media and the Audience
  • Communication 429 (Upper Division Course): Race and the Mass Media
  • Communication 529 (Graduate Course): Introduction to Mass Communication Theory


Book Contributions

Journal Articles

Mediated Communication and Technology

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