Mary Brinson, PhD

Mary Brinson
Phone: (619) 260-2979
Fax: (619) 260-4205
Office: Camino Hall 126C

Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara - Communication
  • M.A., St. Louis University - Mass Communication
  • B.A., Loyola University of Chicago - Political Science; Communication

Mary Brinson, PhD, received her doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a visiting assistant professor. Brinson's PhD was completed in the Department of Communication with emphases in the areas of Media Studies and Intergroup/Intercultural Communication. Brinson's work and research is interdisciplinary in nature, and she has thus enhanced her doctoral work with a minor in Global Studies, and previously earned a B.A. in Political Science.

Scholarly Work

Brinson's current research focuses on media coverage of terrorism and anti-Muslim bias in the media. She has engaged in both quantitative and qualitative research projects including online experimental design, content analysis, and discourse analysis. These projects included analyzing media coverage of terrorism in the U.S., U.K., the Middle East, and India. In addition, she has investigated the implications that varying media frames of terrorism have on identity based policies. Her dissertation investigated the impact of negative Muslim media portrayals on intergroup relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in America as well as it's impact on identity, esteem, and acculturation preferences of Muslim Americans.

Her work has been presented at several conferences including ICA, NCA, Western States Communication Association, the World Organization Congress for Middle Eastern Studies in Barcelona, the Faces of Terrorism Conference in Liverpool, International Studies Association, and the Middle East & Central Asia conference. Her work has also appeared in The Journal of International and Intercultural Cummunication, The Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Studies, The Harvard Asian Pacific Review, Arab Studies Quarterly, and in David Canter's (Ed.) The Faces of Terrorism: Cross-Disciplinary Explorations.

Areas of Interest

Brinson currently teaches Research Methods, Media Processes and Effects, Introduction to Media Studies, and Gender Communication. As an instructor at St. Louis University, she also taught courses in Advertising, Mass Communication, and worked with the American Advertising Federation's student competition team. As a teaching assistant and an associate instructor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she taught courses in Political Communication, Intergroup Communication, Media, and Intercultural Communication.

In addition to teaching students to develop a critical understanding of information and the ability to evaluate theory, Brinson believes that the application of concepts to the real world and current events is crucial, as is the development of skills needed for students to succeed professionally and personally. Her twelve years in the professional field of communication contribute to this teaching philosophy.