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Name: Donna Flayhan
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
Department: Communication

Expertise Keywords: Media Ecology, Toxic Disasters and Public Health Policy, Carbon Monoxide Health Education Campaign, Cell Phones and Sudden Death Post-9/11, Lower Manhattan Public Health Project, Media Studies, Peer-reviewed science 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers, Public Relations and Public Health, Social Media and Mourning, Social Media and Social Revolution, Tobacco Use and Prevention, West Nile Virus Spray Policy and Public Health

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: Public Health, Public Health Campaigns, Social Justice Campaigns, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Media Ecology

Currrent Research: Media Studies, Media and Mourning in the Age of Constant Contact

The Lower Manhattan Public Health Project: A Coordinated Effort to Understand Illnesses Emerging from 9/11

Public Health and Public Health Policy Related to Hydraulic Fracturing

Contact Information

E-mail Address:
Home Phone: 845-684-5183

Other Information

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Associate Professor of Media Studies, Chair of Department, Goucher College, Baltimore
Director, Carbon Monoxide Awareness Campaign, Baltimore


University of New Hampshire 1986-1990 BA 1990 Political Science and Communicat
University of Iowa 1990-1997 MA 1993 Communication Studies
University of Iowa 1990-1997 PhD 1997 Communication Studies


Nominated, Provost’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching, Spring 2013.

The Business Institute of the State University of New York at New Paltz, Inspired Success Distinguished Speaker, Recommended by Faculty of School of Business and Approved by Committee, November 2012.

Faculty Diversity Program, State University of New York, invited by SUNY-wide Provost David LaVallee and SUNY-wide Vice Provost for Diversity and Educational Equality, Pedro Caban, to serve on selection committee of“research active faculty to recruit and retain “outstanding scholars who will enhance SUNYs academic profile and diversity.” March, 2010.

Social Justice Campaign Techniques: From Cough to Cancer, Media Frames and The Lower Manhattan Public Health Project, selected to lead workshops by the Council of Europe for its National Youth Leaders training sessions during the All Different/All Equal Campaign, Warsaw, Poland 2007.

Jaques Ellul Award for Outstanding Media Ecology Activism for Lower Manhattan Public Health Work 2007

Provost's Research Grant SUNY--New Paltz 2005-06 for Lower Manhattan Public Health Project 2004-2006

Gulf War Syndrome/Neurasthenia Research Grant Late 1990, early 2000s

Harold Adams Innis Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology 1998

Carbon Monoxide Research Grant Late 1990s

Phi Beta Kappa 1989

Phi Kappa Phi 1989

Pi Gamma Mu 1989

Organizational Memberships

Media Ecology Association Activism Award Selection Committee 2007-2015

Editorial Reviewer for Explorations in Media Ecology Journal 2014

Immediate Past President, New York State Communication Association, 2011

Editorial Board, Communication Quarterly, 2011

Eastern Communication Association

International Communication Association

Union of Concerned Scientists


Flayhan, Donna, Public Relations 101: Traditional and Social Media Campaign Strategies in a Liberal Arts Context, Linus Publishing 2014.

Casing Public Relations Jason Wrench, Joan Schuman, and Donna Flayhan, Editors. Kendall Hunt, 2014.

Flayhan, Donna, “Analysis of Common Terms for Arabs Post- Gulf War 1991 and Post 9/11: From Pejoratives to Dehumanization” summarized in The Chronicle of Higher Education “Scholars Find Inspiration in Discrimination” July 2009.

Flayhan, Donna, From The Ground Up (film following five 9/11 widows of New York Firefghters) solicited for expert review of film for cover and website (film review, Summer 2011

Flayhan, Donna, “Radical or Reactionary? Critical Theory and Media Ecology.” Transforming McLuhan: Critical, Cultural, and Postmodern Perspectives, Paul Grosswiler, Editor, Peter Lang Publishing, 2010. (blind peer-reviewed book chapter)

Flayhan, Donna, “Cell Phone Technology and Sudden Death: Comfort or a New Form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?” International Workshop on Mobile Technologies Conference Proceedings, Udine, Italy (invited article, 2008)

The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Health Disaster, partially funded film and brought together the experts necessary to make this film possible as part of The Lower Manhattan Public Health Project. Copies were distributed to all members of the United States Congress (2007). “A must have on every Library shelf...”Library Journal Review, 2007.

Flayhan, Donna “Hidden Dimensions of Hall in North American Cultural Studies,” Media Ecology Association’s 2002 Proceedings. Published in 2007. (blind peer-reviewed article)

Flayhan, Donna “Early Medium Theory, or, Roots of Technological Determinism in North American Communication Theory,” Ed Wachtel and Lance Strate, Editors, The Legacy of McLuhan, Hampton Press, 2006 (pp. 235-244). (peer-reviewed book chapter)

Flayhan, Donna, Editor. MinErvA’s Owl Takes Flight: The Media Ecology Association’s 2001 Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings ( (Editor for blind peer-reviewed conference proceedings, published January 2004)

Flayhan, Donna. “From Slave Ships to September 11 to the Russian Theater Siege: The Human Voice, Connection During Tragedy, and a Transformation in Sudden Death Experience with Cell Phone Technology.” Explorations in Media Ecology Volume 2, Number 1, 2003. (solicited for publication, peer-reviewed article)

Flayhan, Donna. “Cultural Studies and Media Ecology: Meyrowitz’s Medium Theory and Carey’s Cultural Studies,” New Jersey Journal of Communication, Vol. 9, No. 1, (pp. 21-44), Spring 2001. (blind peer-reviewed article)

“Symptoms Described by Edgar Allan Poe in `The Fall of the House of Usher’,” identified by Flayhan, table 10.1, p. 235 in Albert Donnay’s “Carbon Monoxide as Unrecognized Cause of Neurasthenia: A History,” Carbon Monoxide Toxicity, David G. Penny, Ed., New York: CRC Press, 2000. (blind peer-reviewed table)

Flayhan, Donna. “Constructing Civilizations with Carl Couch: Introduction to an Overlooked Media Ecologist,” In Medias Res Vol. 2, Fall 2000. (essay in the newsletter of Media Ecology Association)

“Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A 1999 Consensus.” Archives of Environmental Health Vol. 54, No. 3, 1999. (blind peer-reviewed article, co-author and signatory)

Flayhan, Donna. "The Battle of the Narratives: A Narrative Analysis of the Rhetoric of Joe McCarthy, Edward R. Murrow, and Joseph Welch in an Age of Secondary Orality." Iowa Journal of Communication, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 1996. (blind peer-reviewed article)

Kristi J. Ferguson, Donna Flayhan, Virginia Daughety, Samuel Becker, and Paul Pomrehn. "Factors Affecting Teachers' Adoption of a Tobacco Use Prevention Curriculum." Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 15, 1993. (blind peer- reviewed article)