School of Communication & Journalism

Sarah Aghazadeh

Sarah Aghazadeh Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Tichenor Hall, 219

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.


Sarah Aghazadeh is an assistant professor of public relations in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University. Broadly, Dr. Aghazadeh's research explores public relations, activism, advocacy, and health communication. More specifically, she examines how public relations shapes culture for stigmatized and taboo health issues (such as mental health and pregnancy loss), often employing, cultural, critical, and rhetorical approaches to public relations. She also analyzes how advocacy and activism intersect with public relations to make social change. She has taught a variety of public relations class that span multi-media writing, social media, and news writing and she centers active and experiential learning in the classroom. Students often work with community-based, non-profit clients and use real-life examples to engage with important public relations lessons and experience advocating on behalf of a client.


When not researching or teaching, she enjoys learning how to play guitar, lifting weights, and hanging out with her cat (Selena). 


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

M.A., San José State University

B.S., San José State University

Research and Teaching Interests

public relations, advocacy and activism, health communication

Representative Publications

Aghazadeh, S.A., & Aldoory, L. (forthcoming). Health communication theory in public relations. In E.

Sommerfeldt & C. Botan (Eds.). Public Relations Theory III. Routledge.


Aghazadeh, S.A., & Aldoory, L. (in-press). Inroads into healthy decision making: The role of health

literacy in health communication. In T.L Thompson & N.G. Harrington (Eds.), The Routledge

Handbook of Health Communication (Routledge Communication Series, 3rd ed.). Routledge.


Aghazadeh, S.A. (2021).“Recovery Warriors.” The National Eating Disorders Association’s
online community and rhetorical vision. Public Relations Inquiry


Aghazadeh, S.A., & Aldoory, L. (2020).“Health literacy for all”: Exploring the feasibility of an

intervention to reduce health disparities among rural children. Journal of Applied Communication

Research, 48(4), 478-495.


Aghazadeh, S.A., Aldoory, L., & Mills, T. (2020). Integrating health literacy into core curriculum: A

teacher-driven, pilot initiative for second graders. Journal of School Health, 90, 585-593.

Last Updated: August 22, 2022