Sandra Ball-Rokeach is professor emerita of communication at USC Annenberg, and is director of the Communication Technology and Community Program. Her published articles appear in such journals as Communication Research, Journalism Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, American Sociological Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Communication, New Media and Society, Social Problems, and The American Psychologist.
Ball-Rokeach was co-editor (with C. R. Berger) of Communication Research from 1992 to 1997. She has been a Fulbright scholar at the Hebrew University and a Rockefeller Fellow at the Bellagio Study Center, and is a fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She is presently serving on the advisory boards of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center and the McCune Foundation, and she is a past chair of the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association. Ball-Rokeach also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, International Journal of Communication, Communication Research, and the Communication Yearbook.
Current research projects include the Metamorphosis Project. This ongoing research effort is designed to unmask the evolution of 21st century community through multi-level/multi-method field analyses of new (i.e., internet) and traditional (i.e., interpersonal, mass media and community media) communication flows that sustain and transform the social fabrics of place and cyberspace. The project advances a communication infrastructure perspective on urban community and its everyday life interface with global communities.
She has been recognized for her mentoring of students, winning the 2013 Provost’s Mentorship Award and a 2011 Mellon Mentoring Award.
Understanding Ethnic Media: Producers, Consumers, and Societies, co-author (2010, SAGE).
Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technologies, co-author (2004, Temple University Press).
Paradoxes of Youth and Sport, editor (2002, SUNY).
Theories of Mass Communication, co-author (1989, Pearson).
Media, Audience and Social Structure, editor (1986, SAGE).
The Great American Values Test: Influencing Belief and Behavior through Television, co-author (1984, Free Press).
Violence and the Media, co-author (1969, U.S. Government Printing Office).