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Laramie Taylor


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Michigan, 2005
  • B.A., English and Education, Brigham Young University, 1997 (summa cum laude)


Laramie Taylor has expertise in the uses and effects of traditional and new media, including effects related to sex and sexuality, gender, violence, and idealized bodies. Dr. Taylor also studies media involvement and fans.

Research Focus

Professor Taylor investigates and analyzes media uses and effects, with a focus on the ways that media use influences factors related to social interaction. Recent studies of his, for example, have examined how exposure to different types of media messages influence the traits people find attractive in potential romantic partners.

Selected Publications


Laramie Taylor teaches courses in media, including Introduction to Communication (Communication 10y), Introduction to Mass Communication (Communication 140), Media Entertainment (Communication 144), Media and Health (Communication 165), and Mediated Communication Theory and Research for graduate students (Communication 250). Recently, Dr. Taylor has also offered special seminars in media involvement. Dr. Taylor is involved in developing hybrid courses for undergraduate education, using a combination of online and in-classroom sessions.


  • Top Paper Award, Peace and Conflict Communication Division, NCA, 2016.
  • Innovative Learning Technology Initiative Award, 2015
  • Provost’s Hybrid Teaching Award, 2013