Paul Messaris, Ph.D.
Paul Messaris is the Lev Kuleshov Emeritus Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. He teaches and conducts research on visual communication, with a focus on digital media. His publications have dealt with the uses of images in advertising and propaganda, and with the ways in which visual communication has been transformed by the evolution of digital media. Messaris's first book, Visual "Literacy": Image, Mind, & Reality (1994), was the winner of the National Communication Association's Diamond Anniversary Book Award. He has been the recipient of the Annenberg Undergraduate Communication Society's Best Teacher Award. He has taught digital media production in the Visual Communication Laboratory, and his 2008 film, The Harmful Effects of Violent Movies (a satirical portrayal of academic research), was a best-feature nominee at three film festivals. He is an occasional contributor to Visual Inquiry, a blog for student and faculty commentary about visual media.
Paul Messaris's research focuses on visual communication and digital media.