Erin Perry



Erin is a Ph.D. candidate studying the effects of new media and television on the journalism profession, using a framework that focuses on journalism administration, journalism audience and future journalists. Her interests stem from her formal education and professional experience as a journalist, educator and qualitative researcher as well as correlative coursework in leadership and executive development. She is a Dean’s Diversity Fellow.

Reach Erin at

Women in Media and PR Award — National Black Public Relations Society (2019)
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) — People's Choice Award (2019)
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) — 2nd Place (2019)
Dean’s Diversity Fellowship (2018-2022)
Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2017)

Degrees and Certifications

Wayne State University – Detroit, MI
Ph.D. in Communication (in progress)

University of Michigan-Dearborn – Dearborn, MI
Master of Arts in Teaching (English and Speech)

Hampton University – Hampton, VA
Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism

Primary Research Interest

New Media (particularly social media)
Legacy/Contemporary/Entrepreneurial Journalism
Journalism Education
Journalism Ethics
Parasocial Interaction


Perry, E. L. (2021). Analysis: Michigan State University’s response to COVID-19. Central States Communication Association Conference, March 24-27, 2021. (Top Student Paper)

Perry, E. L. (2021). Combating the Angry Black Woman stereotype at work through demeanor and praise. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference, March 5-6, 2021.

Perry, E. L., Teffer, A., Coleman, C. & Padney, S. (2020, August). Ventriloquism as a Communicative Strategy of Journalists on Twitter. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 6-9, 2020.

Perry, E. L. (2020, April). Cultivation Theory Effects on Students Interested in Journalism. Eastern Communication Association, April 1-5, 2020. Paper accepted but conference canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Perry, E. L. (2020, February). Hamlet's choice for journalists: To be or not to be—supportive of my colleague on Twitter? Wayne State University—Igniting Diversity: Voice, Identity & Inclusion, February 28-29, 2020.


“BLM, Election, to Pandemic: Diversity Centered Learning, Practical Lessons and Techniques from the Newsroom to the Classroom.” AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, Elon University, March 18-20, 2021. Panelist.

“Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race with Award-Winning Radio Journalist Michele Norris.” Wayne State University, February 9, 2021. Student moderator.

“Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.” Igniting Diversity: Voice, Identity & Inclusion, Panelist.

“Women in Media and Public Relations: Women’s History Month.” National Black Public Relations Society – Detroit Chapter, March 26, 2019. Panelist and Award Recipient.

Courses Taught

COM 1010 (Public Speaking)
COM 2030 (Journalistic Grammar and Style)
COM 2100 (News Reporting)
COM 3210 (News Editing)