Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D.

Graduate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, Culture & Media Studies (CCMS)

Education: PhD, Mass Communication, University of Washington, Seattle; M.A., Mass Communication, University of Washington, Seattle; B.S., Education, University of Colorado

Courses Taught: Communication Theory; Critical and Qualitative Research Methods; Political Communication; Gender and Communication; Gender & Media Management; Communication Theory & Research Foundations

Professional Experience:

Dr. Byerly has served on the Research Committee, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC); received Muskie MAX sponsorship, U.S. Department of State, to present workshops on communication for democracy in various cities in Armenia; received the Donna Allen Award for feminist activist scholarship (from AEJMC); received an exemplary faculty performance award from Howard University Graduate School; received a Pew teaching award; received a top faculty research paper award (from AEJMC), among other achievements. She is co-founder of Howard Media Group (, which uses scholarship to address issues of inequality in communications policy in relation to underserved communities. She has directed more than 30 dissertations and master’s theses, and served on a dozen additional committees.

Research Interests:

Dr. Byerly’s research takes a critical empirical approach, addressing a range of issues related to gender and race in media, including public policy, ownership, employment and management. A longtime activist in movements for social justice, she also takes an activist approach to her research. Much of her scholarship is international in scope and is typically situated within the literature on political economy. In addition to her own research, Dr. Byerly serves (or has served) on the editorial board of numerous journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Howard Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique; Journal of Culture & Media Politics, and others.

Selected Publications:

Byerly, C. M. (forthcoming). Neoliberalism and women’s right to communicate: The politics of ownership and voice in media. In M. Meyers (Ed.), Neoliberalism and the media. New York, NY: Routledge.

Byerly, C. M. (forthcoming). Gender and political economy of the media.  In K. Ross (Ed.), Encyclopedia of gender, media and communication.  Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Byerly, C. M. (2018). Gender dynamics in media oligarchy: Connecting research and action. In N. Benequista Y S. Abbott (Ed.), International media development: Historical perspectives and new frontiers. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Byerly, C. M. & Simon-Roberts, S. (2018). Women, journalism and labor unions. In C. Carter, L. Steiner & S. Allen (Eds.), Journalism, gender and power.  New York and London:  Routledge Taylor & Francis.

Byerly, C. M. (2018). Theorizing women and communication: Progress and challenges. In D. Harp, J. Loke & I. Bachmann (Eds.), Feminist approaches to media theory and research. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Byerly, C. M. (2017). Feminist activism and U.S. communications policy.  In V. Pickard & G. Yang (Ed.), Media activism: Charting an Evolving Field of Research.  New York: Routledge.

Byerly, C. M., Harman, S., & Lewis, A.  (2016, Jan-March). The legacy of Stuart Hall (overview chapter for special section on Stuart Hall, edited by C. M Byerly & S. Harman), Howard Journal of Communication.

Byerly, C. M & Valentin, A. (2016). Women’s access to media: Legal dimensions of ownership and employment in the United States.  In R. Lind (Ed.), Race and gender in electronic media:  Challenges and opportunities. New York: Routledge.

Byerly, C. M. & Valentin, A.  (2016). Feminist perspectives on critical information needs. In M. Lloyd & L. Friedlander (Eds.), Communication policy and how to fix it.  Abingdon, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reviere, R. & Byerly, C. M. (2012).  Sexual messages in Black and White: Discourse analysis of Essence and Cosmo advice columns.  Feminist Media Studies, pp. 1-17, . DOI:10.1080/14680777.2012.680195.

Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D.
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