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 was elected to Research Committee, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), a position in which she will be serving until 2016; received Muskie MAX sponsorship, U.S. Department of State, to present workshops 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 others. She has also been a keynote speaker and guest speaker at several national and international conferences; featured lecturer at various universities; external reviewer for theses, dissertations and faculty promotions and grants. She is co-founder of Howard Media Group (, which uses scholarship to address issues of inequality in communications policy in relation to underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and women. She has directed nearly 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. She was the principal investigator and author of the Global Report on the Status of Women (2011), a 59-nation study on women’s employment status in news companies, funded by the International Women’s Media Foundation; she was editor of the subsequent Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism (2013), which is based on the Global Report study. She is the co-author of Women and Media: A Critical Introduction (2006) and co-editor of Women and Media: International Perspectives (2004), as well as author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Byerly also has served on the editorial board of numerous journals, including Communication, Culture & Critique; Howard Journal of Communication; Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Communication, Journal of Culture & Media Politics, among others. In addition to reviewing manuscripts for the journals, she also reviews manuscripts for book publishers, including   McGraw-Hill, Blackwell Publishing Co., Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Co.

Carolyn M. Byerly, Ph.D.
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