Priscilla Marie Meddaugh is an assistant professor of English at Millikin University where she teaches courses in writing, journalism and media studies. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate at Wayne State, emphasizing mass media, rhetoric and political communication.
Dr. Meddaugh’s current scholarship investigates how digital media technologies challenge established power distributions in the information industry, allowing previously marginalized voices to participate as producers of political and social meaning. Her research in journalism examines how contemporary fake news practices challenge the authoritative claims to the center of discourse, or official knowledge distributed by traditional news venues and information systems. She engages in a variety of research methods, including digital discourse and textual analysis, rhetorical criticism as well critical ethnographic practices. Dr. Meddaugh presents regularly at the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association. Additionally, she has published in Free Speech Yearbook, Journal of Mass Media Ethics and Critical Studies in Media Communication.
Dr. Meddaugh is committed to issues of social justice and political awareness and frequently gives workshops and presentations promoting innovative practices in challenging intolerance. She also serves as the faculty advisor to Millikin's campus newspaper, The Decaturian, which has won numerous awards from the Illinois College Press Association.