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Benson Fraser, Ph.D.

Benson Fraser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone: 757-352-4227
Email: bensfra@regent.edu

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Dr. Benson Fraser is an associate professor in the Department of Strategic Communication & Journalism at Regent University specializing in qualitative research and ethnography, indirect communication, and media and celebrity influence. He has conducted professional research nationally and internationally for more than 15 years.

Dr. Fraser has taught communication classes at the University of Washington and the University of the Pacific. At Regent, he served as the department chair for two years and as the director of the Center for the Study of Faith and Culture for more than ten years. He currently teaches courses on qualitative research, communication and theology, and advanced communication theory.

Academic Philosophy

To provoke students to examine their own practices in order to learn what they love as they critically examine scholarly material within the field of communication. While a mastery of class readings and lecture material is important, equally important is a clear understanding of the embodied self as it participates in the life of the academy.

Selected Publications

“Facilitating Dialog about Development through Digital Photography: Seeing Through the Eyes of Maasai Women” (with W. Brown, W. Corey and S. Kiruswa), Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2012
“Global Identification with Celebrity Heroes” (with W. Brown), Heroes in a Global World, Hampton Press, Inc., 2008
“PETA's ‘Got Beer?’ Campaign Brews up an Ethical Controversy” (with W. Brown), Contemporary Media Ethics, Marquette Books, 2006
“Promoting HIV/AIDS Prevention Through Dramatic Film: Responses from Eastern Africa” (with W. Brown and S. Kiruswa), Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Science, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2005

Education

Ph.D. University of Washington, 1987
M.A. California State University, Fullerton, 1981
M.A. Pepperdine University, 1977
M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary, 1975

Fields of Expertise

  • Qualitative Research
  • Communication and Theology
  • Media and Celebrity Influence

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