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Communications Group Faculty


Pictured left to right are Communications faculty: 

  • Dr. Allen Larson
  • Dr. Jennifer Wood
  • Abhinav Aima


For a complete list of all full- and part-time communications faculty, please visit our Faculty Directory.


Dr. Jennifer Wood


Dr. Jennifer Wood, Associate Professor, Program Co-Coordinator


jkw7@psu.edu  |  724-334-6727  |  111A Administration Building

Dr. Jennifer Wood is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State New Kensington and one of three faculty members in the campus’s four-year degree program in Communications. Dr. Wood teaches courses in conflict resolution, rhetoric, research and effective speech. Her research focuses on crime victim policy, the prison industrial complex and restorative justice. She has been a volunteer victim/offender mediator in juvenile cases since 2002 and in 2008 began serving as a state victim/offender mediator in crimes of violence. She also moderates an on-line listserv called Prison-CARE (Communication, Activism, Research & Education) that focuses on prison issues.  View Dr. Wood’s complete CV.

Dr. Allen Larson

Dr. Allen Larson, Associate Professor, Program Co-Coordinator


arl13@psu.edu  |  724-334-6731  |  113 Administration Building

Allen Larson, Associate Professor of Communications, earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, his M.A. from Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh while also working in various capacities as a communications professional. Larson’s published research scholarship focuses upon the political economy of media institutions and popular culture. He serves as coordinator of Penn State New Kensington’s digital communications lab coordinator and as co-coordinator of the B.A. program in Communications. Larson teaches courses on cinema studies, mass media and society, digital media production, and public relations, along with directing senior research projects.


Abhinav Aima

Abhinav Aima, Instructor, Internship Coordinator

aka11@psu.edu  |  724-334-6713  |  114 Administration Building

Abhinav Aima worked as a newspaper journalist in India, and traveled to Kashmir and Lebanon during his graduate studies. He received a B.A. in Print Journalism from Delhi University, an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Montana, and is ABD (all but dissertation) in his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio University. His primary research interests are in the media coverage of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia. His professional development work has included a visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2009, to study how journalists cover the communal disruptions of the peace process. He advises the Penn State New Kensington student-run newspaper The Nittany Pride. He directs the Communications internships on campus, and is the Vice Head and Program Chair of the Internships and Careers Interest Group at AEJMC. He teaches journalism and communications courses at Penn State New Kensington.