Jessica Zurcher received a M.A. in Mass Communications from Brigham Young University (2011) and a B.S. from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Theatre and Speech Education, minor in English (2008). Presently, she is in the process of completing a doctorate degree from the University of Utah in Communication. Her research interests include issues dealing with new media, education, and family communication—specifically, her dissertation focuses on societal perceptions of adolescent exposure to online pornography and parent-child pornography communication. Zurcher has also worked as a co-collaborator on several research projects and is a published author in The Journal of Children and Media and Education Gerontology. She has also presented at national communication conferences.
In addition to her work in higher education, Zurcher serves as an influential educator in secondary education. She instructs students in grades 6-12, developing and implementing curriculum for introductory and advanced theatre classes, English, film, and public speaking. She has also taught undergraduate-level communication classes through Salt Lake Community College. She and her husband reside in Lindon, UT and enjoy taking long walks with their two dogs, Max and Molly.