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Christine OganChristine Ogan

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My research is at the intersection of communication technologies and international communication. After working as a full-time faculty member in the School of Journalism for twenty years, I now also teach in the School of Informatics. I teach courses in international communication, media foundations, and information and communication technology issues.

Past academic positions

Taught both high school and college in Ankara, Turkey, at Ankara Koleji, 1967-69, and at Hacettepe University, 1968-70. Taught at North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973-74. Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism from 1981-87; associate professor, 1987-94. Also taught at IUPUI.

Professional positions

Staff Writer, International Development Institute (Bloomington, Ind.), 1980; Reporter, The Herald-Telephone (Bloomington, Ind.), 1980-81.

Professional organizations

Board member, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Association for Education; Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: International Division, past head; Media Management and Economics Division, past head; Standing Committee on the Status of Women, former member. International Communication Association: Board Member At-Large, 1995-98; Intercultural and Development Division, past head. Editorial board, Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Economics, Journalism Monographs, and Gazette.


Author of Communication and Identity in the Diaspora: Turkish Migrants in Amsterdam and their Use of Media. Co-author of Newspaper Leadership, with Ardyth Sohn and John Polich. Scholarly writing has appeared in Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Journalism Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Telecommunications Policy, Gazette, Newspaper Research Journal, and other journals.


Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Information Technology Workforce Grant, 2003, "Toward Gender Equitable Outcomes in IT Higher Education: Beyond Computer Science."
Fulbright Senior Lecturer, spring 1997, at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Research fellow at Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University, fall 1986.

Teaching and research areas

International communications, information and communication technology issues, social informatics.

Research summary

Prof. Ogan's research focuses on issues of the intersection of communication technologies and international communication. The most recent work is a book, described below, that brings together research that she has been conducting over the last three years.
In Press
C. Ogan, J. Robinson, M. Ahuja and S. Herring, "The More Things Change, the More they Remain the Same: Gender Differences in Attitudes and Experiences Related to Computing Among Students in Computer Science and Applied Information Technology Programs at five U.S. Research Universities," in W. Aspray and J. Cohoon, editors, Women and Information Technology: Research on the Reasons for Under-representation, MIT Press.
C. Ogan and K. Cagiltay, "Confession, Revelation and Story Telling: Patterns of Use on a Popular Turkish Web Site," New Media & Society.
C. Ogan, F. Cicek and M. Ozakca, "Letters to Sarah: Analysis of E-Mail Responses to an Online Editorial," New Media & Society.
Selected Recent Publications
  • Ogan, Christine and Deborah Chung. "Stressed Out! A National Study of Women and Men Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty, their Uses of Technology, and Levels of Professional and Personal Stress," Journalism & Mass Communication Educator 57(4), 2003, pp. 352-368.
  • Voakes, Paul, Randal Beam and Christine Ogan. "The Importance of Technological change on Journalism Education: A Survey of Faculty and Administrators." Journalism & Mass communication Educator 57(4), 2003, pp. 318-334.
  • "Communication and Identity in the Diaspora: Turkish Migrants in Amsterdam and their Use of Media." Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2001.
  • The book is based on interviews with more than 100 people of Turkish descent in Amsterdam and content analyses of media products created for Turkish migrants. The first generation of these migrants were invited as guestworkers in the 1960s. Now, nearly 40 years later, there are two more generations—who are still called "non-indigenous" by the Dutch. The book is about the stories told by these people regarding their relationship with the Dutch, the difficulty fitting into Turkish or Dutch society, their religious practices and how the many television stations they receive in their living rooms in the Netherlands from their former homeland affect their lives. It is also about the Dutch media targeted to minorities and the changing policies of the Dutch government toward the integration of immigrants over the years.
  • Ogan, Christine. "Communication, Politics and Religion in an Islamic Community." In Russell King and Nancy Wood, Eds., Media and Migration. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Ogan, Christine. "Communication and Culture," In Yahya Kamalipour, Ed., Transnational Media and Global Communication in the Age of the Information Revolution. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth, 2002.
On faculty since 1976.