“Through language, through communication, we create our world. We come to understand who we are through relationships. How you come to understand who you are, it all happens through language and through communication.” That is how Dr. Caryn Medved answers when asked why she chose communications as an academic field.
Medved, a native of Toledo, Ohio, has had an interest in communications since she was young. She decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the subject at Michigan State University and later a master’s in labor-industrial relations at the same institution, not a bad choice since the university has one of the best communications programs in the country. She completed her studies with a doctorate from the University of Kansas. Today she is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College.