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About Monica Ancu

Dr. Monica Ancu studies the role of online technologies, especially online social media, in political campaigns. Within this framework, she investigates how political candidates and voters use social network Web sites, blogs, podcasts, online advertising, etc. and how these online technologies affect political communication and political behavior. She also is interested in political advertising and media framing of political events. Her research appeared in Journalism Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, as well as in several books. Ancu teaches visual communication, Web design, online journalism and new media classes. She received her Ph.D. degree in mass communication from the University of Florida in 2006.


Present Associate Professor, University of South Florida


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  • MMC 6936 Special Topics: Journalism, Current Practice and Trends
  • MMC 6936 Media Convergence
  • JOU 6191 Contemporary Issues in Journalism
  • VIC 6007 Visual Communication Theory
  • JOU 5105 Newswriting and Editing
  • MMC 4936 Special Topics: Intro to Social Media
  • MMC 4936 Special Topics: Social Media
  • MMC 4900 Directed Reading/Independent Study
  • MMC 4420 Research Methods in Mass Communication
  • MMC 4120 Media Convergence
  • VIC 3001 Intro to Visual Communication
  • MMC 2100 Writing for Mass Media
  • JOU 2100 Beginning Reporting


Ph.D., University of Florida ‐ Mass Communication
M.S., Boston University ‐ Mass Communication
B.S., University of Bucharest, Romania ‐ Advertising and Public Relations

Contact Information

Phone: 727-873-4736


Books & Book Chapters (10)

Peer Reviewed Articles (7)