Dr. Michael R. FinchFinch

Associate Professor of Communication

Chair, Department of Communication, Media, & Culture

Email: mfinch5967@bryan.edu

Office Phone:  423-775-7316

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Communication, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Dissertation: Identity and Culture Maintenance Among Soviet Evangelicals: A Resistance Study

Areas of Emphasis: Eurasian Studies, Phenomenology, Critical Studies, Media Ecology

  • M.A. Journalism, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA            

 Thesis: The State of New Media 2005 

Concentrations: Marketing, Mass Media Theory and Journalism

  • B.A. EQV, Biblical Studies and Missiology, Elim Bible Institute, Lima, NY

Academic Publications

  • Book Editor: Media and Public Relations Research in Post-Socialist Societies

Lexington Books’ Communication, Globalization, and Cultural Identity Series 

  • Chapter Author: Rhetorical Analysis of the Ukrainian Film Julia Blue: A Picture of Dialectical Ontology

(Publish date: Spring 2022) Lexington Books’ Communication, Globalization, and Cultural Identity Series   

  • Book Editor: Communication Theory and Application in Post-Socialist Contexts

Lexington Books’ Communication, Globalization, and Cultural Identity Series 

  • Academic Article Author: “Reflection on passing of Maureen Minielli” 

Russian Journal of Communication, 11:2, 186-189.

Academic Presentations

  • TEDx Talk: Starting with Sympathy Instead of Skepticism

TEDx LCC University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

  • Keynote Speaker: Sympathetic Objectivity: Constructive acts of journalism

NovoMedia Conference, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • Paper Presenter: Putin on the Meme: A discussion of neo-tribal appropriation of memes 

Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers 

  • Panel Presenter: The State of Communication(s) Study in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia 

International and Intercultural Division of National Communication Association 

  • Paper Presentation: Legacy and Relevance of International Relations’ Impact on Higher Education 

Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers 

  • Panel Presenter: The Status of Russian Communication in the Age of Putin and Trump 

Russian Communication Association

  • Panel Presenter: (Russo/Ukraino) phobia in Eurovision: The Case of Ukraine’s Ban on the Russian 

Russian Communication Association 

  • Executive Director: Report for Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers Business Meeting

Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers 

  • Panel Presenter: Clash (or Challenges) of Cultural Values in Intercultural Teaching or Scholarship

National Communication Association International and Intercultural Communication Division 

  • Panel Chair: Challenges and Opportunities in the Study of Eurasian Civic and Social Communication 

Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers 

  • Paper presentation: The Foreign Professors’ Academe: Issues and challenges confronting international

scholars Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers 

  • Paper Presentation: New and Digital Realities in a Fragmented Brave New World III 

International Transdisciplinary Web-Conference “Connect-Universum 2016”: Digital nomadism as a global and Siberian trend

  • Paper Presentation: Putin and Russian Cultural Identity 

Russian Communication Association 

  • Panel Chair: Opportunities and Obstructions: Meaning and media in post-socialist Eurasia 

Eurasian Communication Association of North America 

  • Paper Presentation: Technological Determinism in Ukraine 

International Conference at the Poltava Economics and Law Institute 

  • Panel Respondent: Cultural Communities: Adaptive religious rhetorics 

Religious Communication Association

  • Paper Presentation: Ethnographic Study of Baptist Christians of the Former Soviet Union from WWII to 

Perestroika: Minority group maintains concern for ‘the Other’ In spite of systematic persecution 

Religious Communication Association 

  • Paper Presentation: Ricoeurian Ontological Analysis of the Film X-Men 2

Religious Communication Association

Topics of Expertise

Digital Media Studies


Communication Administration

Eurasian Studies