William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator for Doctoral Program in Communication

Professor and Research Fellow


Dr. William Brown is a professor and research fellow in the Department of Strategic Communication & Journalism, as well as the chair of the department and of the doctoral program in communication. He specializes in the study and use of entertainment-education for social change, health communication, and media and social influence. He has conducted academic and professional research in more than 30 nations for the past 25 years.

In addition to his tenure at Regent University, Brown has taught communication courses at the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii and the University of the Nations. He also served as the dean of the School of Communication & the Arts of Regent from 1992 to 2002. At Regent, he currently teaches courses on doctoral research methods, entertainment-education for social change, media and social influence, C.S. Lewis and communication, and communication campaigns. Brown also is serving a five-year appointment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the Fulbright Scholar Program in Washington, D.C.


Fulbright Specialist, Norway, October, 2011

Fulbright Specialist, the Netherlands, April-May, 2009

Fulbright Specialist Program nominee (five-year recognition), August 2007

Fulbright Fellowship nomination by the Fulbright Commission, November 2006

Fulbright Fellowship nomination by the Fulbright Commission, November 2004

The Chancellor's Award, 2003, Regent University

Who's Who in American Education, 1992 to present

Faculty Fellow, Aug-Dec, 1989, Center for Arts & Humanities at the University of Hawaii

Awarded a research fellowship, University of Hawaii, to conduct HIV/AIDS prevention research

Distinguished Student, 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Who's Who in American High Schools, 1974

Distinguished Honor Student, 1970-1974: Watertown High School, Watertown, Massachusetts


"Promoting health through entertainment-education media: Theory and practice." In R. Obregon & S. Waisbord (Eds.), The handbook of global health communication and development (pp. 121-123). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2012

"HIV Prevention in Africa: Local Churches' Use of Participatory Media and Performing Arts." (with J. Umidi, G. Elvgren and S. Kiruswa), Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2010

"Parasocial interaction and identification: Social change Processes for effective health interventions." (with M. Basil), Health Communication, Vol. 25, 2010

"Sports Celebrities and Public Health: Diego Maradona's Influence on Drug Use Prevention." (with M. DeMatviuk), Journal of Health Communication, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2010

"Steve Irwin's Influence on Wildlife Conservation," Journal of Communication, Vol. 60, No. 1, 2010

"Mediated influence of Pope John Paul II." Journal of Communication and Religion, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2009

"Celebrity identification in entertainment-education." (with B. Fraser), In A. Singhal, M. J. Cody, E.M. Rogers, & M. Sabido (Eds.), Entertainment-education and social change: History, research, and practice (pp. 97-116). Maywah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 2004

"Global identification with celebrity heroes." (with B. Fraser), In S. Drucker & G. Gumpert (Eds.), Heroes in a Global World (pp. 47-65). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 2008


Asian Mass Communication Research and Information Centre; International Communication Association; National Communication Association; World Association for Christian Communication; World Communication Association

Meet Our Faculty

Kevin R. Crawford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts

Undergraduate Communication Studies Program Coordinator

757.352.4254 kevicra@regent.edu
Peter Fraser, Ph.D.

Director, School of Communications & the Arts

757.352.4562 pfraser@regent.edu
Eric Harrell, MFA

Producing Artistic Director of Tidewater Stage

Associate Professor

757.352.4211 eharrell@regent.edu
John Keeler, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator for M.A. in Strategic Communications

Program Coordinator for M.A. in Media and Arts


757.352.4248 johnkee@regent.edu
Stephen Perry, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator for M.A. in Journalism

Program Coordinator for M.A. in Political Communication


757.352.4203 sperry@regent.edu