Ashleigh Day

Ashleigh Day

Title: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Department: Communication
Building: CAS 229


PhD, Communication, Wayne State University

MA, Applied Communication, Northern Arizona University

BA, Communication, University of Arizona 


Ashleigh's research interests center around applied communication regarding crisis, risk, and health contexts. She frequently asks research questions from a critical interpretivist perspective and approaches research by focusing on pragmatic questions, readily employing qualitative and mixed-method designs.

Presently, Ashleigh is working on risk and crisis communication issues pertaining to health. Some current projects include (1) analyzing how boil water advisories are communicated to at-risk and affected publics; (2) studying individuals' risk perceptions and information seeking processes related to vaccines; (3) investigating the communicative needs of individuals' with animals during weather-related disasters, and (4) developing models for planning, assessing, and managing risk and crisis communication during weather-related disasters and public health crises.

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

CMST 1311 Introduction to Communication Studies

CMST 1315 Introduction to Public Speaking

CMST 3311 Qualitative Research Methods

CMST 3345 Crisis Communication

CMST 3350 Risk Communication

CMST 4315 Organizational Communication 

CMST 4326 Advanced Public Speaking

CMST 4331 Intercultural Communication

Graduate Courses Taught:

COMM 5310 Communication Research Methods

COMM 5335 Seminar in Organizational Communication 


Selected Publications:

Day, A. M., & Novak, J. M. (in-press; accepted 2021). “I couldn't find information for people with pets; so, I gave up,”: Pet owner identity, informational needs, and media uses during Hurricane Harvey. Western Journal of Communication.

Sopory, P., Novak, J. M., Day, A. M., Novak, J. M., Eckert, K., Wilkins, L., Padgett, D. R., . . . Gamhewage, G. M. (in-press; accepted 2020). Building trust in health authorities during public health emergency events: A mixed-methods systematic review. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

O’Shay-Wallace, S., Day, A. M., Islam, K., McElmurry, S. P., & Seeger, M. W. (2020). Boil water advisories as risk communication: Consistency between CDC guidelines and local news media articles. Health Communication.

Day, A. M., O’Shay-Wallace, S., Seeger, M. W., & McElmurry, S. P. (2020). Gender and presence of children: Examining media uses, informational needs, and source preferences during the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research3(2).

Seeger, M. W., Reynolds, B., & Day, A. M. (2020). Crisis and emergency risk communication (CERC): The beginnings, advancements and extant research, and the future. In W. Johansen and F. Frandsen (Eds.), Crisis communication: Handbooks of communication science (Vol. 23). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-055228-7

Day, A. M., O’Shay-Wallace, S., Seeger, M. W., & McElmurry, S. P. (2019). Informational sources, social media use, and race in the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. Communication Studies, 70(3), 352-376.doi: 10.1080/10510974.2019.1567566

Day, A. M. (2019). Systemic racism, Twitter, and a typology: A content analysis of #FlintWaterCrisis tweets. In I. Chiluwa and G. Bouvier (Eds.), Twitter: Global perspectives, uses and research techniques (pp. 81-116). New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-53615-307-1

Sopory, P., Day, A. M., Novak, J. M., Eckert, K., Wilkins, L., Padgett, D. R., . . . Gamhewage, G. M. (2019). Communicating uncertainty during public health emergency events: A systematic review.Review of Communication Research, 7, 67-108, doi: 10.12840/ISSN.2255-4165.019

Day, A. M. (2018). Performance, possums, and photo-ops, too: Marginalizing binaries at the Wausau Possum Festival. Western Journal of Communication, 82(5), 595-612doi: 10.1080/10570314.2017.1416489

Novak, J. M., & Day, A. (2018). Families, companion animals, and the CSZ disaster: Implications for crisis and risk communication. In C. V. Fletcher & J. Lovejoy (Eds.), Natural disasters and risk communication: Implications of the Cascadia Subduction Zone megaquake (pp. 199-230). Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Day, A. M. (2017). Companion animals and natural disasters: A systematic review of literature.International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24, 81-90.