Dr. Temple Northup

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Temple Northup is the Director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University, his Master of Arts from Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Before joining the School of Journalism and Media Studies, he served as the Director of the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. He was also the Co-Director of the Gulf Coast Food Project—an interdisciplinary project that promotes the study of food in the Texas Gulf Coast region—for which he oversaw the production of the documentary films and multimedia stories. Temple’s research broadly seeks to understand how the media can influence our attitudes and behaviors and has been published in a wide array of respected journals, including Media Psychology and Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Popular with the media, he has been a regular guest on Houston Matters and his research has been featured everywhere from the Los Angeles Times to USA Today. Temple has also made an in-studio appearance in New York City as a guest on the nationally televised Fox & Friends. Before serving as the Director of the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, Temple worked in Los Angeles as a sitcom writer and was part of more than 180 episodes of prime time network television.