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Jeanette Ruiz


  • Ph.D., Communication, UC Davis, 2015
  • M.A., Communication, Sacramento State University, 2009


Jeanette Ruiz specializes in strategic communication with a specific interest in emerging practices and concepts in digital and social media. In addition to her appointment in the Department of Communication, she has served as a human resources and public relations consultant for various nonprofit, managed health care and finance organizations.

Research Focus

Dr. Ruiz's research examines the international Internet and the impact of social networks on public health communication. Her current research is focused on understanding the impact of media advocacy and media campaigns in public health initiatives.

Selected Publications


Jeanette Ruiz teaches various courses, including Interpersonal Communication Competence, Introduction to Mass Communication, Introduction to Communication, Strategic Communication in Public Relations, Thinking Like a Social Media Strategist, and Empirical Methods in Communication.


  • National Communication Association International and Intercultural Communication Division (IICD) Honors, Graduate Student Seminar Recipient, 2014