Alexandru Stana

Educational Background

  • PhD: Media and Communication Studies | Bowling Green State University, OH (2013)
  • MA: Communication Studies | University of Hartford, CT (2007)
  • BA: Psychology | Titu Maiorescu University | Bucharest, Romania (2003)

Personal Statement

I am a native of Bucharest, Romania, and moved to the U.S. as a young adult. In the U.S. I have lived, studied, and worked in states as diverse as Connecticut, Ohio, and North Carolina before I moved to Minnesota in the summer of 2019.

When I moved to Winona, I was immediately struck by people’s kindness and helpfulness and by the beauty of the town and its surroundings.

When I don’t prepare for classes or conduct research, I spend time with my two great male cats (Voroshilov and Preobrajansky), I read 20th-century history books and Scandinavian crime novels, or I ride my bike around the town or various trails in southeast Minnesota.

Professional Statement

I truly believe I have the best job in the world because it affords me almost unparalleled intellectual freedom. I am in the privileged position to be paid to do the things I love most: to research topics that I find important or exciting (or both), to read, to write, and to constantly interact with brilliant people—both colleagues and students.

At WSU, I will be teaching courses such as Introduction to Public Speaking, Introduction to Speech Communication, Professional Communication and Advanced Interpersonal Communication.

I also have extensive experience teaching courses in Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication and Research Methods.

As a health communication researcher, I am mostly interested in investigating social support in the context of stigmatized disorders, health disparities and body image.

My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including “The Atlantic Journal of Communication,” “The International Journal of Men’s Health,” “Journal of Health Communication,” “Sex Roles” and “Howard Journal of Communications.”

Courses Taught

  • CMST 191: Introduction to Public Speaking
  • CMST 192: Introduction to Speech Communication
  • CMST 266: Professional Communication Skills
  • CMST 282: Introduction to Communication Studies
  • CMST 366: Organizational Communication
  • CMST 380: Communication Research Studies
  • CMST 387: Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • CMST 399: Internship
  • CMST 485: Senior Seminar in Communication Theory
Alexandru Stana (PhD)
Assistant Professor

DuFresne PAC 207