Darryl T Frazier


Darryl Frazier is a full-time lecturer in Communication, primarily teaching Com 1010 - Intro to Oral communication. Prior to his current position, Darryl taught part time in the Communication Department. He also spent the last two years serving as the Assistant Basic Course Director, overseeing the Public Speaking Resource Center. He worked with Wayne State's "Kick Start" program in 2020, and he has been part of the Communication Department's Basic Course Committee since 2017. He  is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication Department, completing work on his dissertation looking at media representation of the isolationist movement prior to World War II.




 J. William Snorgrass Award for Outstanding Paper on a Minorities Topic (2021) - American Journalism Historians Association
Fuhlhage M., Frazier D., Neal K., and Lindner A. (2021). “‘If Ever Saints Wept and Hell Rejoiced, It Must Have Been Over the Passage of That Law’: The 1850 Slave Act in Detroit River Borderlands Newspapers, 1851-1852”.

Wally Eberhard Award for Outstanding Paper in Media and War (2018) Honorable Mention -  American Journalism Historians Association 
“Spinning toward secession. . . .”

Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship (2016) - Department of Communication, Wayne State University



Degrees and Certifications

Wayne State University (2016 - present) - Ph.D. Candidate in Communication Studies

Wayne State University (2011)  -M.A. in Media Arts and Studies

University of Deteroit - Mercy (2007) - B.A. in Media Communications

University of Michigan (2000) - B.A. in English Literature; Music





Primary Research Interest

 Theories of Media Effects - Framing and related theories 

Mass Communication 

Journalism History


Recent Publications

 Fuhlhage, M., Burgess, S., Cassidy, T., Frazier, D., Neal, K., & Thrubis, E. (forthcoming). Spinning toward Secession: The Interplay of Editorial               Bellicosity and Exchange News in the Press before the American Civil War. Southeastern Review of Journalism History.

Vultee, F., Burgess, G. S., Frazier, D., & Mesmer, K. (2020). Here’s What to Know About Clickbait: Effects of Image, Headline and Editing on                   Audience Attitudes. Journalism Practice, 1-18.

Courses Taught

 Com 1010 - Basic Speech Communication

 Com 1700 - Media Literacy

 Com 2010 - Introduction to Film

 Com 3300 - Business and Professional Presentations