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Dean's Biography

Interim Dean Josh Grimm's Biography

Josh Grimm, Ph.D., is the current interim dean of the Manship School. Dr. Grimm, an associate professor, has been at LSU since 2012 and has been serving as associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration. He holds the Westmoreland Darden Professorship in Mass Communication. 

Dr. Grimm graduated with his doctorate in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. He received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches a wide variety of journalism and mass communication courses including In-Depth Reporting, Advanced Journalism, Race and Gender in Political Communication, and Media Law.

Dr. Grimm's research interests include how diversity is portrayed in the media, with an emphasis on race, gender and sexuality. He has numerous research publications and book chapters and was awarded, among others, the Faculty Excellence Award from the LSU Alumni Association.

Dr. Grimm also loves science fiction and horror movies. He is currently writing a book on the modern horror classic It Follows and hopes his next piece will be on portrayals of race in 1950s monster movies. In his spare time, He enjoys running, reading, hiking, and spending time with family. Dr. Grimm is also a die-hard college football fan, and he unapologetically adores Hallmark Christmas movies.