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Brown, Ph.D.

Katherine Brown, Ph.D. (2001)

Professor of Communication

Department Chair

Phone: (760) 750-8073
Office: SBSB 2112

Katherine Brown earned her Ph.D. in (1996) from the Communication Department at U.C. San Diego. She joined the faculty of CSUSM in 2001, and teaches Organizational Communication; Communication Research Methods and Designs, Communication and Collaboration, and Communication Portfolio, as well as the Media Studies core course MDIA 303, Mass Media and Technology.

In 2013, Dr. Brown was appointed Faculty Director of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences Career Readiness Initiative.

The CRI involves faculty, students, college and Career Center staff and community partners in expanding the number and quality of internship opportunities for students in our college, is creating  a mentoring network, and is bringing speakers to campus for a wide variety of career-themed panels. The overarching emphasis of CRI is helping students CHABSS students prepare for next steps after college. 

In her teaching and research, Dr. Brown draws upon Cultural historical and other systems level theoretical frameworks, theories of collaboration, organizational communication theory, technology studies and qualitative research methods. She has studied the use of communication technologies to support collaboration in educational, professional and research settings. Several of her projects arose from work with members a large, distributed international and  interdisciplinary research collaborative based at UC San Diego called the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, with whom she is continues to work with collaborators to develop an electronic archive and wiki of the lab’s several decades of work.