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Dr. Carrie Teresa

Dr. Carrie Teresa

Assistant Professor

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Dunleavy Hall, #335


Carrie Teresa, Ph.D. is Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Niagara University, where she joined the faculty in 2014. Her research and teaching interests include journalism and mass communication history, memory studies, celebrity culture, race and representation, and gender studies. She currently serves on NU’s Women’s Studies committee.

Teaching interests

Dr. Teresa’s courses at NU have included Media Theory and History, Stereotyping in Media, and Communicating for Social Justice. She has also developed a Special Topics course that explores the relationship between history and public memory in news and popular culture.

Current research

Dr. Teresa’s research focuses on the cultural meanings embedded within American news narratives, both past and present. She is especially interested in the institutional development of the African American newspaper industry, as well as journalism’s role in the struggle for freedom. Dr. Teresa received her Ph.D. from Temple University’s Media and Communication program in 2014, where her dissertation focused on celebrity journalism in the early 20th century Black press.

She has published research on Black press coverage of Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion, in American Journalism. She also received the American Journalism Historians Association J. William Snodgrass Award for Research on Minority Topics for her co-authored article, “Narrative Analysis of the Central Park Jogger Story in the New York Amsterdam News.”

Educational background

Ph.D., Temple University

M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Villanova University