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Vanessa Murphree

Dr. Vanessa Murphree

Full Professor


Vanessa Murphree, Ph.D., teaches public relations and other mass media courses. Her research primarily focuses on the relationship between public relations and social change. She is the author of The Selling of Civil Rights: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the use of Public Relations. Along with this 2006 book, which began as her dissertation at the USM, she has written about the birth control movement, crisis and technological case studies, and historical perspectives of public relations. The American Journalism Historians Association awarded her with a 2003 honorable mention for her dissertation and a 2005 award for “best American Journalism article.” After earning her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Dr. Murphree pursued a career in public relations and advertising, working first as an advertising copywriter and then coordinating the communications component of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

  • PHD - Univ of Southern Mississippi (2002)
  • MA - University of Alabama (1988)
  • BA - University of Alabama (1986)

Public Relations Strategies, Public Relations Campaigns, Media History, Media Law, Introduction to Mass Communication.

  • Edward Bernays' 1929 Torches of Freedom March: Myths and Historical Significance, American Journalism, 2015
  • Historical Analysis, The Routledge Companion to Race and Media , 2017
  • Historical Analysis, The Routledge Companion to Race and Media , 2017
  • Introduction to Mass Communication , 2018
  • Universal Localism: WWOZ Community Radio, 1980–2006, Journalism History , 2020

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public relations, media history