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Faculty and Staff Profile

Bryan Denham

Department Chair
Campbell Professor of Sports Communication

Office: 305D Daniel Hall
Phone: 864-656-1567
Fax: 864-656-0599

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Communications with Minor in Applied Statistics
University Of Tennessee 1996

MA Communications
California State University, Fullerton 1993

BA Journalism and Political Science
Indiana University 1989

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Human Communication
Introduction to Journalism
Basic Public Speaking
Newspaper Feature and Opinion Writing
Magazine Article Writing
Communication in a World Context
Communication Theory
Mass Communication Theory
Communication Research Methods
Sports Communication
Sports Media Criticism
Public Relations in Sports
Advanced Sports Communication (Media, Sport and Health)
Principles of Public Relations
Public Communication and Popular Culture
Political Communication
Mass Communication: History and Criticism
Senior Communication Seminar

Theory and Research in Mass Communication
Empirical Research Methods
Special Topics (Media, Sport and Health)
Media in Politics
Sports Writing

 Research Publications

Statistics Text
Denham, B. (2017). Categorical statistics for communication research. Chichester, West Sussex UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Recent Book Chapter
Denham, B. (2017). The NCAA Basketball Championships: March Madness goes global. In L. A. Wenner and A. C. Billings (Eds.), Sport, media and mega-events (pp. 232-246). London: Routledge.

Selected Journal Articles
Denham, B. (in press). When contaminated dietary supplements cause positive drug tests: Methylhexaneamine as a doping agent in sport. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.

Denham, B. (2017). Athlete information sources about dietary supplements: A review of extant research. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 27, 325-334.

Denham, B. (2017). The third time is a charm: News media, policy dynamics, and the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act. International Journal of Sport Communication, 10, 141-152.

Denham, B. (2017). Psychosocial correlates of dietary supplement use: Results from the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 56, 171-186.

Denham, B. (2014). Adolescent perceptions of alcohol risk: Variation by sex, race, student activity levels and parental communication. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13, 385-404.

Denham, B. (2014). High school sports participation and substance use: Differences by sport, race and gender. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, 145-154.

Denham, B. (2014). Intermedia attribute agenda-setting in the New York Times: The case of animal abuse in U.S. horse racing. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91, 17-37.

Denham, B. (2011). Alcohol and marijuana use among American high school seniors: Empirical associations with competitive sports participation. Sociology of Sport Journal, 28, 362-379.

Denham, B. (2011). Dietary supplements – Regulatory issues and implications for public health. Journal of the American Medical Association, 306, 428-429.

Denham, B. (2011). When science, politics and policy collide: On the regulation of anabolic-androgenic steroids, steroid precursors and “dietary supplements” in the United States. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 35, 3-21.

Denham, B. (2010). Toward conceptual consistency in studies of agenda-building processes: A scholarly review. Review of Communication, 10, 306-323.

Denham, B. (2009). Determinants of anabolic-androgenic steroid risk perceptions in youth populations: A multivariate analysis. Journal of Health & Social Behavior, 50, 277-292.

Denham, B., & Desormeaux, M. (2008). Headlining the head-butt: Zinedine Zidane/Marco Materazzi portrayals in prominent English, Irish and Scottish newspapers. Media, Culture & Society, 30, 375-392.

Denham, B. (2008). Calling out the heavy hitters: What performance-enhancing drug use in professional baseball reveals about the politics and mass communication of sport. International Journal of Sport Communication, 1, 3-16.

Selected Reviews
Denham, B. (2012). Review of the book Thinking, fast and slow, by D. Kahneman. Journal of Communication, 62, E1-E6.

Denham, B. (2010). Frost/Nixon: Historical accuracy and press/government relations. Media Ethics, 21(2), 6, 28-30.

 Honors and Awards

Research Fellow, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, November 2017.


Curriculum Vita
Link to Categorical Statistics for Communication Research