Morgan Ellithorpe Ph.D.

Morgan Ellithorpe

Assistant Professor

  • Advertising + Public Relations
(517) 355-0256
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Morgan Ellithorpe is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations. Dr. Ellithorpe joined the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2016. Before coming on board, she spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ellithorpe received her BS in communication from Cornell University and her MA and PhD in communication from The Ohio State University in 2015. Her research centers on the effect of media on health and well-being, the representations of minorities in media, and media influence in underrepresented groups.


Recent Publications


Ellithorpe, M. E., Bleakley, A., Hennessy, M., Weitz, I., Jamieson, P., & Khurana, A. (2017). Differences in the portrayal of health risk behaviors by Black and White characters in popular films. Journal of Health Communication, 22, 451-458. doi:

Ellithorpe, M. E., & Bleakley, A. (2016). Wanting to see people like me? Racial and gender diversity in popular adolescent television. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 1426-1437. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0415-4

Bleakley, A., Ellithorpe, M. E., Hennessy, M., Khurana, A., Jamieson, P., & Weitz, I. (in press). Alcohol, sex, and screens: Modeling media influence on adolescent alcohol and sex co-occurrence. Journal of Sex Research. doi:

Ellithorpe, M. E., Ewoldsen, D. R., & Porreca, K. (in press). Die, foul creature! How the supernatural genre affects attitudes toward outgroups through strength of human identity. Communication Research. doi: 10.1177/0093650215609674

Contact Information

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369 Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824