Nneka Logan

Nneka Logan

Nneka Logan

Assistant Professor


107 Shanks Hall
181 Turner Street, 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Public Relations
  • Organizational Communication
  • Corporate Communication
  • Rhetorical Studies
  • Race

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)


  • Ph.D. Georgia State University
  • M.A. Georgia State University
  • B.A. University of Georgia

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • 2016 Top Faculty Paper Award Winner, Public Relations Division, National Communication Association (NCA). The Flint water crisis: An analysis of public relations as a mediator between natural and artificial persons. 
    • 2012: Golden Flame Award, Communication Management Category/Strategic Communication Processes for Manheim’s Simulcast Everywhere Product Launch, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). 
    • 2006: Phoenix Award Certificate of Excellence, Magazine Category for the Xchange Magazine: Hurricane Katrina Special Issue, Public Relations Society of America  (PRSA), Atlanta Chapter.

    Selected Publications

    Book Chapters

    • Logan, N., & Tindall, N. (in press). Voice Entry. In R.L. Heath, W. Johansen, J. Raupp, K. Hallahan, & J. Falkheimer. (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of strategic communication. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley.
    • Logan, N. & Tindall, T.J. (2014). Coca-Cola, community, diversity and cosmopolitanism: How public relations builds global trust and brand relevance with social media. In M. W. DiStaso & D.S. Bortree (Eds.), Ethical Practice of Social Media in Public Relations (pp. 138-153) New York: Routledge.
    • Logan, N. & Bruner, M.L. (2013). The Supreme Court and money as speech: A rhetorical analysis of landmark corporate speech rights rulings. In J.S. Hanan & M. Hayward (Eds.), Communication and the Economy: History, Value and Agency (pp. 233-258) New York: Peter Lang.


    • Logan, N. (in press). The rise of the railroad in Virginia: A historical analysis of the emergence of corporate public relations in the United States. Public Relations Inquiry.
      Logan, N. (2016). The Starbucks Race Together Initiative: Analyzing a public relations campaign with critical race theory. Public Relations Inquiry, 5(1), 93-113.
    • Logan, N. (2014). Corporate voice and ideology: An alternate approach to understanding public relations history. Public Relations Review, 40(4), 661-668.
    • Logan, N. (2011). The white leader prototype: A critical analysis of race in public relations. Journal of Public Relations Research, 23(4), 442-457.

    Sponsored Research

    • 2015 Niles Research Grant 2015 Niles Research Grant. Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences ($4,000).
    • 2013-2014 Virginia Tech Visible Scholarship Initiative Mini Grant from University Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences ($750).
    • 2011-2012 James Woodruff, Jr. Research Fellowship in Ethics. Department of Communication. Georgia State University.