Faculty

Michael Suman

Sr. Continuing Lecturer

Contact Information

Email    MSUMAN@UCLA.EDU
Office  2314 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-267-5975
I study mass media effects, media and culture, and new communications technologies.

I have been a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies since 1995. I received my B.A. from The Ohio State University and my Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA. Prior to working for our department, I lectured at various locations and universities throughout Asia, and was the Project Coordinator for UCLA’s Television Violence Monitoring Project and Research Director for UCLA’s Center for Communication Policy. Since 2004, I have also served as Research Director of the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future.

I have authored and edited numerous publications related to the impact of computers and the Internet on society. I have also published work on television violence, religion and the media, and advocacy groups and the media.

Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Sociology, The Ohio State University

Publications

Co-editor, World Internet Project: International Report, 2013

Co-editor, The Digital Future Project: Surveying the Digital Future, 2012

Co-author with Robert Lunn, "A Longitudinal Examination of Internet Diffusion, Adopter Categories, and Ramifications of Internet Usage on the Importance of Newspapers,"

World Wide Internet: Changing Societies, Economies, and Cultures, 2009

Co-author with Robert Lunn, "Exposure to the Internet," International Encyclopedia of Communication, 2008

Co-author, with Michele L. Ybarra, "Help seeking behavior and the Internet: A national survey" in
International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 75, Issue 1, January 2006, Pages 29-41.

Co-author, with Michele L. Ybarra, "Reasons, assessments, and actions taken: sex and age differences in uses of Internet health information" in Health Education Research, July, 2006

Co-author, with Robert Lunn, "Experience and Trust in Online Shopping" in The Internet in Everyday Life (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers), 2002

Co-author, with Jean-Francois Coget and Yutaka Yamauchi, "How Does the Internet Affect People's Social Network and Loneliness?"  IT and Society, Issue 1, 2002

Senior Editor, Advocacy Groups and the Television Industry (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1999

Author, "Interest Groups and Public Debate" in "Advocacy Groups and the Television Industry" (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1999

Editor, Religion and Prime Time Television (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1997

Author, "Do we really need more religion on fiction television?" in "Religion and Prime Time Television" (Westport, CT:  Praeger), 1997

Current Courses by Term

2017 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Theory of Persuasive Communication

2017 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Situation Comedy and American Culture

Honors Research in Communication Studies

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Celebrity and Fan Culture

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2017 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Theory of Persuasive Communication

2016 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Situation Comedy and American Culture

2016 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Theory of Persuasive Communication

2016 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Situation Comedy and American Culture

2016 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Theory of Persuasive Communication

2015 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2015 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Theory of Persuasive Communication

2015 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Theory of Persuasive Communication

2015 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Situation Comedy and American Culture

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2014 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Theory of Persuasive Communication

2014 Spring Quarter

Media Portrayals of Gays and Lesbians

Situation Comedy and American Culture

2014 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2013 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2013 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Media Portrayals of Gays and Lesbians

2013 Spring Quarter

Situation Comedy and American Culture

2013 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2012 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2012 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Media Portrayals of Gays and Lesbians

2012 Spring Quarter

Situation Comedy and American Culture

2012 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2011 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2011 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Situation Comedy and American Culture

2011 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2011 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2010 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2010 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

Variable Topics in Mass Communication

2010 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2010 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2009 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2009 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

2009 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2009 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2008 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2008 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

Understanding Relationships

2008 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2008 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2007 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2007 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2007 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2006 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2006 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

2006 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2006 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2005 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

Analysis of Communication Effects

2005 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

2005 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2005 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Honors Seminars

2004 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2004 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

2004 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2004 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2003 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2003 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

2003 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2003 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2002 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2002 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

2002 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2002 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2001 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2001 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

2001 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2001 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2000 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

2000 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

2000 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

2000 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

1999 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

1999 Summer Session

Introduction to Communication Studies

1999 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

1999 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

1998 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Communication Studies

Analysis of Communication Effects

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

COMM ST 88S
Celebrity and Fan Culture

2017 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 89
Honors Seminars

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 152
Analysis of Communication Effects

2017 Spring Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

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COMM ST 10
Introduction to Communication Studies

2017 Spring Quarter

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2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Summer Session

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2014 Summer Session

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2001 Summer Session

2001 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

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2000 Summer Session

2000 Spring Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Summer Session

1999 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 140
Theory of Persuasive Communication

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Summer Session

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Summer Session

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Summer Session

COMM ST 145
Situation Comedy and American Culture

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Summer Session

COMM ST 114
Understanding Relationships

2016 Summer Session

2015 Summer Session

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

2011 Summer Session

2010 Summer Session

2009 Summer Session

2008 Summer Session

COMM ST 136
Media Portrayals of Gays and Lesbians

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Summer Session

2012 Summer Session

COMM ST 188A
Variable Topics in Mass Communication

2010 Summer Session

COMM ST 10

1998 Summer Session

1998 Spring Quarter

1998 Winter Quarter

1997 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 152

1997 Fall Quarter