Ernest Hakanen, PhD

Professor of Communication

Ernest Hakanen

Office: PSA 102
Phone: 215.895.1354



  • PhD, Communication, Temple University, 1989

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Communication Theory and History
  • Adolescent Media Use
  • Telecommunications Policy
  • Mass Media Effects/History
  • Global Media
  • Semiotics


He teaches "Theories of Communication and Persuasion," "Media Effects," "History of Electronic Media," and "Mass Communication and American Social Thought." He researches music and emotions, history of our discipline, fandom, and social grid indicators eg. lists, ratings, ranking, reviews, etc., those things that tell us how we think we fit. He is a former Annenberg fellow and fellow at the Critical Theory Institute, UC Irvine. He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Communication and reviewer for several journals.

Selected Publications

  • Branding the teleself: Mass media effects discourse and the changing self. Lexington Books (Rowman-Littlefield): Lanham, MD, 2007.
  • Signs of war: From patriotism to dissent. (Co-Edited with Anne-Marie Obatek-Kirkwood). Palgrave MacMillan: New York, 2007.
  • Relationship between emotional intelligence to emotional recognition and mood management. Psychological Reports. 94: 1097-1103, 2004.