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Earnest Perry

Associate Dean Dr. Earnest L. Perry leads Graduate Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Perry brings a strong record of outstanding teaching, research and service to his new role as graduate dean. He will lead a newly focused doctoral program with four concentrations: Media Sociology, Media History, Strategic Communication, and Ethics, Law and Policy.

During his 13-year tenure at Missouri, Perry has coordinated the Doctoral Teaching Program and twice chaired the Journalism Studies area. His service to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication includes a current appointment on the Standing Committee on Teaching and former chair of the Standing Committee on Research. Perry is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association.

His research interests center on African-American press history, specifically the Black Press during the first half of the 20th century. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals. Perry serves on the editorial boards of American Journalism and Journalism History. Perry’s work on diversity and inclusion includes the co-authored textbook “Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity.”

Perry has won national and campus awards for teaching, along with research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Chicago Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

Dr. Earnest Perry earned both his master’s and doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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