Phokeng Motsoasele Dailey

Assistant Professor of Communication


B.S., Ohio Dominican University

M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Dr. Dailey is an assistant professor of communication at Ohio Wesleyan University. She is originally from and grew up in Lesotho, a small country entirely land-locked by South Africa. She has spent most of her adult life in the United States. Her program of research covers issues pertaining to health disparities among immigrant and refugee populations in the areas of sexually transmitted infection (STI), cancer prevention and cancer treatment decision-making. Her work has primarily been focused on assessing the role of culture, identity and social norms in health decision-making.

Dr. Dailey has conducted invited talks with physicians and other health care providers specializing in pediatric and adolescent medicine at both Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the City of Columbus Public Health Department regarding effective strategies for increasing adolescent HPV vaccination compliance among parents. She also received top paper awards for her work on cancer clinical trial decision-making among rural, Appalachian patients, caregiver involvement in patient cancer treatment decisions, and parental decision-making about the HPV vaccine among Somali parents.

Her teaching interests are in the areas of health and/or risk communication in interpersonal and mass-mediated contexts.

Prior to making the decision to enter the academy, Dr. Dailey worked in visual merchandising, creative branding, marketing and PR. She has technical experience with copywriting, and the use of emerging technologies in creative messaging and/or corporate branding. In addition to her corporate work experience and academic research, she has taught upper and lower-level undergraduate courses that utilize communication theories as a framework for examining human behavior in both mass mediated and interpersonal contexts.

When she’s not teaching she loves to travel and read. Her current goal is to visit every country on the African continent. Zanzibar is next on her list!