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Jessica James

Jessica James

Office: Old Main 322
Office Phone: 512-245-3116

Courses: Writing for Mass Media MC 1313, News Reporting II MC 4321, Feature Writing MC 4356, Editing for Clear Communication MC 3383, Advanced Social Media MC 4326

Jessica is a senior lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. Her research interests include health communication, gender and new media psychology. Jessica’s thesis, “Mobile Dating in the Digital Age: Computer-Mediated Communication and Relationship Building on Tinder,” focused on the gamification of mobile dating and its effect on user behavior. Jessica recently authored a chapter on the topic in the publication “Sex in the Digital Age” by Ashgate Publishing.

Before teaching, Jessica served as the co-grant coordinator for the Texas State University MIPPA Project, a federally funded research grant that investigated media habits of Medicare-eligible Texans.

Jessica received her M.A. in mass communication from Texas State University and her B.S. in journalism from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. During her time at BGSU, Jessica served as a senior reporter and feature editor for the BG News. She later received employment working as a reporter at the Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She has written for several newspapers in Northern Ohio, including the Fostoria Review Times and the Sandusky Register. 

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys painting, reading, softball, swimming, board games and spending time with her cat Howie.