Cindy Vincent

Adjunct Professor
Cindy Vincent


Cindy Vincent primarily teaches courses in media, culture and society and has also has taught public relations and political communication courses. Pedagogically, she incorporates a community-engaged approach to teaching based on reciprocity, mutual benefit and shared authority. Her research primarily focuses on the power of civic media to facilitate self-empowerment, agency and civic engagement within historically marginalized populations. She also examines the use of dissent in democratic participation for negotiation of political power and social change. Her work has been published in "The Journal of Alternative and Community Media,"

"Computers in Human Behavior," and the "International Journal of Game-Based Learning," as well as various books and encyclopedias. She is currently the head of the Communication Technology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Communication (Media Studies) Graduate Certificate
  • University of Oklahoma, Women’s & Gender Studies M.A.
  • California State University, Sacramento, Communication (Media Studies) B.A.
  • California State University, Sacramento, Journalism


  • Civic media
  • Media activism
  • Political communication
  • Emerging media and technologies


  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Communication Association International Association for Media and Communication Research


  • CMN 455 Introduction to Media Studies
  • CA 720 Media Activism


  • Moore, S. & Vincent, C. (2019). Moving Beyond the ‘Me’ Generation: Collaboration and Community-Engaged Scholarship Among Millennial Faculty. In M.G. Strawser (Ed.), Leading Millennial Faculty; Navigating the New Professoriate. Lexington, MA: Lexington.
  • Dunbar, N.E., Jensen, M.L., Miller, C.H., Bessarabova, E., Lee, Y-H., Wilson, S.N., Elizondo, J., Adame, B., Valacich, J.S., Straub, S., Burgoon, J.K., Lane, B., Piercy, C., Wilson, D., King, S., Vincent, C., & Schuetzler, R. (2017).
  • Mitigation of Cognitive Bias with a Serious Game: Two Experiments Testing Feedback Timing and Source. International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL), 7(4).
  • Vincent, C. (2017). Raging Chicken Press, NCA Scholar Response. In Communication’s Civic Callings: The Social Justice Exchange and Community Engagement (pp. 38-39). A National Communication Association publication.
  • Vincent, C., & Straub, S. (2016). Structures of Dissent: Social Media, Resistance Journalism, and the Mobilization of Poverty Activism. In G.W.
  • Richardson (Ed.), Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Bessarabova, E., Piercy, C., King, S., Vincent, C., Dunbar, N. E., Burgoon, J. K., Miller, C. H., Jensen, M., Elkins, A., Wilson, D., Wilson, S. N., & Lee, Y.-H. (2016). Mitigating Bias Blind Spot via a Serious Video Game.
  • Computers in Human Behavior, 62, p. 452-466.
  • Vincent, C. (2016). Towards a Re-conceptualization of Lumpenproletariats: The Collective Organization of Poverty for Social Change Through Participatory Media. The Journal of Alternative and Community Media, 1, p. 70-83.
  • Vincent, C., & Foster, L. (2014). In K. Harvey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Dunbar, N.E., Jensen, M.L., Miller, C.H., Bessarabova, E., Straub, S., Wilson, S.N., Elizondo, J., Burgoon, J.K., Valacich, J.S., Adame, B., Lee, Y-H., Lane, B., Piercy, C., Wilson, D., King, S., Vincent, C., & Schuetzler, R. (2014). Mitigating Cognitive Bias Through the Use of Serious Games: Effects of Feedback. In International Conference on Persuasive Technology (pp. 92-105). Springer International Publishing.
  • Dunbar, N.E., Wilson, S.N., Adame, B.J., Elizondo, J., Jensen, M.L., Miller, C.H., Allums Kauffman, A., Seltsam, T., Bessarabova, E., Vincent, C., Straub, S.K., Ralston, R., Dulawan, C.L., Ramirez, D., Squire, K., Valacich, J., & Burgoon, J.K. (2013, October-December). MACBETH: Development of a Training Game for the Mitigation of Cognitive Bias. International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 3(4), p. 7-26. DOI: 10.4018/ijgbl.2013100102 Vincent, C. (2013). POOR Magazine and Civic Engagement through Community Media. In R.A. Lind (ed.), Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity Across Audience, Content, and Producers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson


  • Massachusetts Higher Education Innovation Fund grant ($100,000)
  • Strategic Planning Grant ($2,500)
  • Research Seed Grant ($3,000) National Communication Association Funds to Advance the Discipline ($3,000)
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Mass Communication & Society Service-Learning Grant ($500)