LSU’s Manship School Names New Public Relations & Strategic Communication Professor to Its Faculty

March 26, 2019

Baton Rouge, LA – LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will welcome scholar and public relations expert David L. Stamps to its faculty fall 2019. Stamps will teach courses on public relations writing, strategic communication and social media.

Stamps brings a wealth of knowledge in media, entertainment and public relations. Prior to his transition to academia, Stamps worked for years in field publicity and public relations for NBC Universal and other media companies and non-profit organizations.

Stamps is currently an adjunct professor at Santa Barbara City College and is completing a Ph.D. in communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USCB). He holds a master’s degree in mass communication from California State University (CSU) and a bachelor’s degree in media management from Columbia College Chicago.

During his time at USCB, Stamps was awarded the Kennedy/Graves Research Fellowship in 2017 and 2018, was named the Pearl S. Simmons Scholar and Graduate Equity Fellow, and his research has been supported by the Congressional Black Caucus and the University of California, Santa Barbara Center for Black Studies. He also won the Mass Communication Graduate Portfolio Award from the CSU Mike Curb College of Media and Communication and was named a finalist of the CSU Trustee Award in 2015.

Stamps’ research interests focus on exploring race-related media effects and stereotyping of marginalized groups within mass and entertainment media. He also studies the relationship between race and class on social media and digital activism. 

Stamps is the author of numerous publications across several communication journals, including the Howard Journal of Communication and Communication Quarterly, and he has authored several book chapters addressing race and media. A sample of these publications include “The social construct of the African American family on broadcast television: A comparative content analysis of The Cosby Show and Blackish” in the Howard Journal of Communications in 2017 and “Will Boys Be Boys: An Exploration of Social Support, Affection, and Masculinities” in The Kentucky Journal of Communication.

“David brings his experience working in the professional world for large media companies and his strong academic background, along with his unique research, to offer our students a distinctive perspective on strategic communications, public relations and social media. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to campus,” Martin Johnson, dean of the Manship School, said.

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LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the top schools of mass communication and journalism in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law; and four graduate degree programs: Ph.D. in media and public affairs, master of mass communication, dual MMC/law degree and a graduate certificate in strategic communication. Its public relations, digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition, including the national championship in the 2018 national Bateman Case Study Competition of the Public Relations Student Society of America.