Elizabeth Barfoot Christian is an assistant professor of communication teaching journalism and strategic communication courses at UNH. She earned her Ph.D. in mass communication from The University of Southern Mississippi and previously taught at Louisiana Tech University. She is the editor of the award-winning Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture (Lexington, 2011) and the author of a companion yearlong nationally awarded blog on music marketing published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her other professional research includes work in journalism history, prison journalism, literary journalism and popular culture.
Ph.D., Mass Communication, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, December 2008
M.S., Political Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, History minor. December 1996
B.S., Journalism (News-Editorial) and Political Science, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, August 1994
Louisiana Tech University, Assistant Professor, Ruston, LA
Department of Journalism, 2007-present
University News Bureau staff writer, The Tech Talk student newspaper co-adviser, Internship coordinator
Courses taught: News Writing, Media Law, Literary Journalism, Journalism History and Ethics, Media and Culture
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Instructor, speech communication, spring 2007
The University of Southern Mississippi, Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Mass Communication and Journalism, news writing, 2005-2007
The University of Southern Mississippi, Instructor, department of political science, American government, 2005
Freelance Reporter, Gulf Publishing Company, (The Sun Herald, Journal of South Mississippi Business, At the Casinos magazine) Biloxi, MS, 2006-2007
Public Relations Coordinator, City of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg, MS, 2001-2005
Reporter/Editor, The Times of South Mississippi and Advertiser News, Hattiesburg, MS, 1997-2001
Editor and contributor, Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Publishing, 2011
Reading, Writing and Rabble-Rousing: Willie Morris, A Good Old Editor. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi
ARTICLES and REFERENCE WORKS:
“KISS,” in Music inJacqueline Edmonson, ed. American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture. ABC-CLIO Publishing, 2013.
“Music Patrons and Supporters,” in Jacqueline Edmonson, ed. Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture, ABC-CLIO Publishing, 2013.
“Pop Music,” in Jacqueline Edmonson, ed. Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture, ABC-CLIO Publishing, 2013.
“Reality Television,” in Jacqueline Edmonson, ed. Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture, ABC-CLIO Publishing, 2013.
“Recording Industry,” in Jacqueline Edmonson, ed. Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture, ABC-CLIO Publishing, 2013.
“History of Social Networks, 1976-1999,” in George A. Barnett, ed. Encyclopedia of Social Networks, SAGE Publications, 2011.
“Crawfish, Better Bigots, and Hooch Handlers: Mississippi Through the Eyes of P.D. East,” The International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, Autumn 2008.
“Louisiana GOP primary a sham,” The (Shreveport) Times, Conversations section front page guest column, B1, Feb. 23, 2008.
“Lessons from Jena: racism, stupidity, meanness,” The (Shreveport) Times, Conversations section front page guest column, B1, 3, October 6, 2007.
All listed below were published for Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group on www.rowmanblog.typepad.com
Review of Maureen Callahan, Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga (Hyperion: New York, 2010) for the Journal of American Culture, June 2011
Review of Carmine Sarracino and Kevin M. Scott, The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What it Means, and Where We Go from Here (Boston: Beacon Press, 2009) for the Journal of Popular Culture, December 2009
Review of Gene Simmons, Ladies of the Night: A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World (Phoenix Books, Beverly Hills, CA, 2009) for the Journal of Popular Culture, June 2009
Review of New York Stories: Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine (Random House: New York: 2008) for Literary Journalism Studies,Vol. 1, No. 1, spring 2009
Review of Scott Gant, We’re All Journalists Now: The Transformation of the Press and Reshaping of the Law in the Internet Age (Free Press: New York, 2008) for the Journal of Popular Culture, August 2008
Review of Mark Curtis Anderson, Jesus Sound Explosion (University of Georgia Press: Athens, paperback release 2007) for the Journal of American Culture, March 2008
2012 Louisiana Press Women 1st place—blogs, web content written for corporate or for-profit site (for Rowman & Littlefield); 1st place—faculty adviser of student publications (The Tech Talk); 2nd place—personality profile, more than 500 words; 2nd place—specialty articles, reviews.
2011 Louisiana Press Women 1st place—news release; feature release, corporate blog (for Rowman & Littlefield); personal blog site; edited book (Rock Brands); nonfiction short story (“Chivalry Confined” published in The Angolite); 2nd place—faculty adviser to student publications (The Tech Talk)
2011 National Federation of Press Women 3rd place—news release, feature release; corporate blog (for Rowman & Littlefield); edited book (Rock Brands)
July 2010 “Solitude” nonfiction essay one of 40 chose nationwide as a finalist at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference to be workshopped.
2008 Louisiana Press Women 1st place—editorial/opinion; feature release
2008 National Federation of Press Women Honorable Mention—feature release
Louisiana Press Women, vice-president 2011-2013
Service Learning Project, spring 2012, Journalism history and ethics students completed print and visual projects on Lincoln Parish history to donate to the Lincoln Parish History Museum for permanent display. Service learning is one of the ideals of Louisiana Tech University.
The Angolite, Louisiana State Penitentiary news magazine
Ongoing working relationship with magazine staff at Angola prison to provide research materials as needed. Assisted the Angolite staff and prison administration in preparing the first-ever prison journalism seminar hosted by the all-inmate staff of the award-winning prison newsmagazine for Tech journalism students at Angola in October 2010. In 2011, I was one of 40 people in the state to be invited to Louisiana State Prison Long termers’ Day by the Human Relations Club.
The (Monroe) News-Star Editorial Board community member, January 2009 – May 2009
AEJMC Southeast Colloquium History Division, paper reader/judge, January 2009
“Rhythms of Mercy, Rhymes for Revenge: Marking Time in Angola from Leadbelly to Lil’ Boosie,” American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA, April 2012
“WikiLeaks, Transparency and Validation: How Social Media and Instant Access to Information is Changing How People Receive and Process Information,” paper co-written with J. Roberts and K. Belton, ACA/PCA Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2011
“Death in the Digital Age: Why Michael Jackson is Worth More Dead than Alive,” ACA/PCA Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2011
“Framing the Jena Six: A Textual Analysis of Lynching and Racism in 21st Century American Media,” Liberal Arts Research Symposium, Louisiana Tech University, April 2010
Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture, panel moderator, ACA/PCA Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 2010
"KISS Your Money Goodbye: Why Fans Can’t Get Enough of the Biggest Rock Brand Ever,” ACA/PCA Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2009
“Leading People to the Rock: Evangelism in the Rock and Roll of Bon Jovi,” book chapter co-written and presented with S. Parks and M. Nash-Wood, ACA/PCA Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2009
Literary journalism panelist, Arthur J. Kaul Symposium, University of Southern Mississippi, February 2009
“KISS and Sell: The Making of a Rock Brand,” Popular Culture Association of the South/American Culture Association of the South, Jacksonville, FL, September 2007
“The Pedophile Next Door,” panel discussion on Media and Social Change, Southern States Communication Association, Lexington, KY, March 2007
Panel Moderator, AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, New Orleans, LA, March 2007
“The Blogging Revolution: How New Technology is Changing the Political Arena,” American Journalism Historians Association Southeast Symposium, Panama City Beach, FL, February 2007
“Crawfish, Better Bigots, and Hooch Handlers: Mississippi Through the Eyes of P.D. East,” American Journalism Historians Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2005
Student Technology Fee Grant Award, $64,000 toward the purchase of new technology equipment for the Department of Journalism lab, 2008.
National Federation of Press Women/Louisiana Press Women
American Journalism Historians Association
American Culture Association
Popular Culture Association
Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication
Southern States Communication Association