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Department of Communication and Media

Jacob Turner

Chair & Associate Professor of Communication

Communication and Media

Dr. Turner enjoys scouring the internet for new music and when he’s not stuck behind a computer, he likes playing softball or just hanging out with his wife, Sara, their baby girl, Ruby and their Boston Terrier, Moxie.

Dr. Turner is also the faculty advisor for both WMCK, Merrimack College’s student-run radio station, and Film Club.


  • Ph.D. Bowling Green State University


  • Visual Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Sports Communication 
  • The Film Experience 


Dr. Turner’s scholarly work typically examines representations of race, gender and culture in media messages; he has published quantitative content analyses that look at race and gender portrayals in a variety of media from MTV to ESPN and the New York Times print edition.


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