Faculty Biography

Dr. Emily Acosta Lewis


Emily Acosta Lewis is an assistant professor of Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Communication Arts and M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in Communications (Public Relations) from San Diego State University. She has taught courses in public relations, new media, and mass communication. She is overseeing the development of a student-run PR firm at SSU. She has taught aboard the M.V. Explorer with Semester at Sea while visiting twelve countries over 106 days. She believes in giving students hands-on experience through service-learning projects with local and international non-profit organizations. Her research is in media effects with a developmental perspective and a special focus on children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Her primary interest is in the role of media and new media in shaping viewers’ perceptions of social reality via persuasion, communication, and psychology theories.


Emily watches The Dan Patrick Show religiously; loves reading book series (Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, etc.); enjoys fantasy football; and spends her free time with her husband, Josh, and their schnoodle Barkley (after Sir Charles). 


Courses Taught:
Introduction to Public Relations
Principles of Mass Communication
New Media