Elizabeth Barfoot Clarke, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Barfoot Clarke, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Coordinator of Media and Communication, Professor of Media and Communication, College Relations Coordinator

About Elizabeth Barfoot Clarke, PhD

Elizabeth Barfoot Clarke, PhD joined the Louisiana Christian University faculty in fall 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in mass communication and journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Before entering academia in 2007, Christian worked as the public relations director for the City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and as a newspaper reporter and editor.

She is the editor of the award-winning Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture (2011) and author of a yearlong nationally-awarded blog on music marketing. Her research interests include prison communication, popular culture, and journalism history.

She authored ‚ÄúAre you ready for your 15 minutes of shame?¬†Louisiana Lockdown¬†and Narrative in Prison Reality Television,‚ÄĚ in¬†Reality Television: Oddities of Culture¬†(2014).

She has also published journalism history: ‚ÄúThe Courting of Willie Morris: Ole Miss‚Äôs Writing Rebel,‚ÄĚ in¬†Media History Monographs,‚ÄĚ (2014/15) and ‚ÄúCrawfish, Better Bigots, and Hooch Handlers: Mississippi Through the Eyes of P.D. East‚ÄĚ in the¬†International Journal of Regional and Local Studies¬†(2008).

She contributed to American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture(2013) and the Encyclopedia of Social Networks (2011).

Her regional and national communication conference presentations include Rednecks, Religion, and Road kill: Reality Television’s Commodification of Southern Stereotypes; KISS Your Money Goodbye: Why Fans Can’t Get Enough of the Hottest Rock Brand in the World; and Framing the Jena Six: A Textual Analysis of Lynching and Racism in 21stCentury American Media.

Academic Programs

  • BA Communication Studies
  • BA Convergence Media: Journalism Concentration
  • Convergence Journalism Minor