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Marian Meyers


Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1989


My primary research specialization is within the area of feminist media studies.  More specifically, I am interested in the ways gender, race and class, along with other signifiers of domination and exclusion, intersect within media representation.  I primarily, although certainly not exclusively, focus on representation in the news because my background includes having been a reporter and editor for a number of years in Massachusetts and New York.

My research interests have been shaped, and continue to be shaped, by a feminist impulse for social action and to address inequities within the context of what I consider to have been missing, ignored or omitted within communication research. Thus, when I wrote my first book, about violence against women in the news (News Coverage of Violence against Women: Engendering Blame, Sage, 1997), I was motivated by the fact that previous research on this topic had focused on individual, well-known instances but had left out the day-to-day news coverage that is most likely to shape our understanding of sexist violence. More recently, my motivation for writing about the representation of African American women in the news (African American Women in the News: Gender, Race and Class in Journalism, Routledge, 2013) was that previous news studies of the portrayal of African Americans largely ignored women and based their conclusions on findings that seemed mostly or exclusively to apply to African American men.

As an academic and a feminist, I also have become interested in issues of equity within higher education as they affect women and people of color.  My edited book, Women in Higher Education: The Fight for Equity, (Hampton Press, 2011) looks at the ways academic policies, practices and structures work to perpetuate a hierarchy that maintains discrimination and a lack of equal opportunity and resources so as to continue to disadvantage women faculty and graduate students.


2015. M. Meyers & L. Gayle, “African American Women in the Newsroom: Encoding Resistance,” Howard Journal of Communications, 26(3), 292-312.

2013. African American Women in the News: Gender, Race and Class in Journalism. New York: Routledge.

2013. The War on Academic Women: Reflections on Postfeminism in the Neoliberal Academy, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 37(2), 274-283.

2011. Women in Higher Education: The Fight for Equity. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

2008. Women in Popular Culture: Representation and Meaning. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

2010. S. Halim and M. Meyers, “News Coverage of Violence against Muslim Women: A View from the Arabian Gulf,” Communication, Culture and Critique, 3(1), 85-104.

2004. “African American Women and Violence: Gender, Race and Class in the News,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 21(2), pp. 95-118.

2004. “Crack Mothers in the News: A Narrative of Paternalistic Racism,” Journal of Communication Inquiry, 28(3), pp. 194-216.