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Erika Engstrom

Education Background: 
Ph.D., University of Florida
M.A., Communication, University of Central Florida
B.A., Radio-Television, University of Central Florida
Specialty Areas: 
Mass media and gender/women
Religion in Mass Media
Weddings in Mass Media
Intercultural Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Erika Engstrom

Erika Engstrom is director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media. A nationally known gender and media scholar, she holds extensive administrative experience, having previously served as the associate dean of the multidisciplinary Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and as acting general manager of the campus radio station, KUNV-FM, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Areas of academic administrative expertise include enrollment management, event coordination, scholarships, and faculty development. She has published books and articles on the portrayal of gender, weddings, and religion in mass media. She teaches courses in gender and intercultural communication, and has taught broadcast journalism and production. Professional journalism experience includes television news writer, production assistant, and radio news producer, writer, anchor, and reporter. Her service to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication includes leadership positions for the Commission on the Status of Women and the Cultural and Critical Studies Division.

Recent Publications

Engstrom, E., & Beliveau, R. (2021). Gramsci and Media literacy: Critically Thinking about TV and the Movies (Lexington Books).

Valenzano III, J. M., & Engstrom, E. (2019). Religion Across Television Genres (Peter Lang).

Engstrom, E. (2017). Feminism, Gender, and Politics in NBC’s Parks and Recreation (Peter Lang).