Stephen F. Austin State University

John Allen Hendricks

Faculty & Staff

John Allen Hendricks, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mass Communication

John Allen
(936) 468-4001
Office: Boynton 301B

John Allen Hendricks serves as Chair of the Department of Mass Communication and holds the rank of Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Texas. Previously, he served as Director of the Division of Communication & Contemporary Culture from 2009-2012 at SFA which included the academic units of Media, Communication Studies, and Philosophy.

Dr. Hendricks has authored/edited six books about the topic of New Media Technologies and Media & Politics. ( They include: Social Media and Strategic Communications (Palgrave, 2013), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Radio (Palgrave, 2012), Social Media: Usage and Impact (Lexington, 2011), Techno Politics in Presidential Campaigning: New Voices, New Technologies, and New Voters (Routledge, 2011), The Twenty-First-Century Media Industry: Economic and Managerial Implications in the Age of New Media (Lexington, 2010), and Communicator-in-Chief: How Barack Obama Used New Media Technology to Win the White House (Lexington, 2009/2010) which was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Book Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association.

He has a forthcoming book titled, Presidential Campaigning and Social Media: An Analysis of the 2012 Campaign, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

He serves as founding editor of the series, "Studies in New Media," for Lexington Books, a publishing division of Rowman & Littlefield in Lanham, Maryland.

He is a member of the Broadcast Education Association's (BEA) Executive Committee serving as the organization's Secretary/Treasurer. From 2009-2013, he served as a member of the BEA Board of Directors representing District 5 (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas) and is a past Chair of the BEA Radio & Audio Media (RAM) division. He is past President of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA). He is past Chair of the Southern States Communication Association's (SSCA) Political Communication and Mass Communication divisions. Dr. Hendricks serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media and is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.

He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication with an emphasis in advertising from The University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a B.A. in mass communication from Southern Arkansas University.

He has been married to, Dr. Stacy Hendricks, for 21 years and they have two children, Abby (17) and Haydyn (15).