Dr. Christina L. Myers hails from Columbia, South Carolina where she is a three-time graduate of the University of South Carolina, earning a B.S. in Biological Sciences, Master in Mass Communication and Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communications. Dr. Myers joins Michigan State University as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Journalism Department, and will be teaching JRN 200, Fall 2022.
Employing qualitative methods, Dr. Myers' research bridges concepts of Critical Race Theory and Mass Communication theory to offer fresh perspectives on the intersection of race and media – specifically examining depictions of the Black experience and the presence of implicit racial bias and racist ideologies in narrative creation in the areas of music, sports and news. Her dissertation, "Power, Poison, Pain": Implicit Racial Bias & Defining Blackness in Black Sports Commentary, Black Music and Black Storytelling, offers a Critical Race Conceptual Model of Implicit Racial Bias to representations of African Americans in mass media to illustrate how stereotypical depictions and racist ideologies arise in media content, including by Black content creators.
Dr. Myers is a freelance journalist whose work focuses on the intersection of race, culture, identity and policy. Her previous journalism postings include Equity Reporter for The State Newspaper, political reporter for The Associated Press and national desk writer for NBC News Channel.
Dr. Myers' professional affiliations and awards include the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), '22 UofSC Breakthrough Graduate Scholar, '21 Southeastern Conference Emerging Scholar, '21 UofSC Critical Race Theory Summer Institute Fellow, UofSC Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Scholar.