David Cuillier

Director & Associate Professor, School of Journalism

David Cuillier, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism. His research focuses on citizen and press access to government information, including public attitudes toward freedom of information, the state of access, and strategies for increasing transparency. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Cuillier served as chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Freedom of Information Committee, will be SPJ’s national president in 2013-14, and received the organization’s 2010 First Amendment Award for his work in government transparency.

Related publications:

Cuillier, David and Charles N. Davis. 2010. The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, a division of Sage.

Cuillier, David. 2008. “Access Attitudes: A Social Learning Approach to Examining Community Engagement and Support for Press Access to Government Records.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 85(3): 549-576.

Cuillier, David. 2010. “Honey v. Vinegar: Testing Compliance-gaining Theories in the Context of Freedom of Information Laws.” Communication Law and Policy 15(3): 204–229.



Shahira Fahmy

Associate Professor, School of Journalism

Shahira Fahmy is Associate Professor in the University of Arizona School of Journalism. Her main lines of research focus on international reporting and visual journalism. She is particularly interested in issues that intersect these domains in the context of wars and conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. She holds honorary appointments with the Department of Communication and the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS) and works closely with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES).

Related publications:

Zhang, Juyan, and Shahira Fahmy. In press. “Live Tweeting at Work: The Use of Social Media in Public Diplomacy.” In The Handbook of Strategic Public Diplomacy, edited by Guy Golan. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ali, Sadaf and Shahira Fahmy. In press. “Gatekeeping & citizen journalism: The use of social media during the recent uprisings.” In Iran, Egypt, and Libya. Media, War & Conflict.

Fahmy, Shahira, Wayne Wanta, Thomas Johnson, and Juyan Zhang. 2011. “The path to war: Exploring a second-level agenda building analysis examining the relationship among the media, the public and the president.” International Communication Gazette 73(4): 322–342.

Neumann, Rico, and Shahira Fahmy. 2012. “Analyzing the spell of war: A war/peace framing analysis of the 2009 visual coverage of the Sri Lankan civil war in Western newswires.” Mass Communication & Society, 15(2): 169-200.

McKinley, Chris, and Shahira Fahmy. 2011. “Passing the ‘Breakfast Test’: Exploring the Effects of Varying Degrees of Graphicness of War Photography.” Visual Communication Quarterly 18(2): 70-83.

Liu, Xudong and Shahira Fahmy. 2011. “Exploring the Spiral of Silence in the Virtual World: Individuals' Willingness to Express Personal Opinions in Online Versus Offline Settings.” Journal of Media & Communication Studies 3(2): 45-57.



Myiah Hutchens

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

Myiah Hutchens is Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona School of Journalism. Her research focuses on what leads individuals to engage in political discussions and seek out various media content, and how those communication experiences influence their political knowledge and engagement. She is co-PI on a current National Science Foundation grant team examining how informational formats and discussion group characteristics influence public policy deliberations.

Related publications:

Eveland, William P., Myiah J. Hutchens and Alyssa C. Morey. 2012. “Social Networks and Political Knowledge.” Pp. 241-252 in The Sage Handbook of Political Communication, edited by Holli A. Smetko and Margaret Scammell. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Morey, Alyssa C., William P. Eveland, and Myiah J. Hutchens. 2012. “The ‘Who’ Matters: Types of Interpersonal Relationships and Avoidance of Political Disagreement. Political Communication 29(1): 86-103.

Eveland, William P., Alyssa C. Morey and Myiah Hutchens. 2011. “Beyond Deliberation: New Directions for the Study of Informal Political Conversation from a Communication Perspective.” Journal of Communication 61: 1082–1103.