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The Rural Communication Institute (RCI)

We are pleased you are visiting the website of the Rural Communication Institute at Tarleton State University. The Rural Communication Institute (#ThinkRuralComm) is focused on helping people live, learn, and thrive in rural areas of Texas, the United States, and beyond.


  • To serve as the primary resource for rural communication in the United States while connecting individuals in rural areas to resources to help them live, learn, and thrive.


  • Serving as a research and informational resource focused on rural communication for governmental organizations (national, state, local), educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.
  • Addressing and developing best practices for the eradication of systemic bias in rural communities in the areas of education, housing, and health.
  • Providing high impact experiences for rural scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

If your organization would like to form a partnership with the Rural Communication Institute, please contact us: 254-307-8211 or

Meet Our Rural Communication Leadership Team

Meet Our Rural Communication Scholars

  • Ava Francesca Battocchio - Michigan State University (Lansing, MI)
  • Clinton Brown - Marshall University (Huntington, WV)
  • Courtney Cole - Regis College (Weston, MA)
  • Xuewei Chen - Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK)
  • Ashleigh Day - University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
  • Subi Gandhi - Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX)
  • Allison Hahn - City University of New York (New York City, NY)
  • Kevin Hales - University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
  • Son Mai - McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Rob Patterson - University of Virginia/McIntire School of Commerce (Crozet, VA)
  • Nicola Ritter - Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
  • Ashli Stokes - University of North Carolina - Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
  • Bryce Tellmann - South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (Rapid City, SD)
  • Bradley Wolfe - Ridgewater College (Nicollet, MN)

Meet Our Rural Communication Undergraduate and Graduate Student Fellows

Our Rural Master's, Doctoral, and Communication Practitioner Fellows are:

  • Shitara Taylor, Tarleton State University
  • Anna Laurent, M.A., Tarleton State University
  • Lauryn Harris, Tarleton State University
  • Ahmet Aksoy, Texas Tech University
  • Sydney Brown, Tarleton State University
  • Renata Maron, International Commmunication Practitioner Fellow

Our Rural Undergraduate Fellows are:

  • Angela Castillo, Texas Wesleyan University

Currently, RCI hosts an annual Rural Communication Summit each fall. Connect with for more details.

Rural Communication Scholars Program - Faculty Application

Rural Undergraduate and Graduate Fellow - Application

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