Josh Grimm

Josh Grimm

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Doris Westmoreland Darden Professor
200B Journalism Building | 225-578-1899 | 


Josh Grimm is the associate dean of undergraduate studies at the Manship School. Josh earned his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He teaches a range of journalism and mass communication courses, including In-Depth Reporting, Advanced Journalism, Race and Gender in Political Communication, and Media Law. In 2017, Josh received the Faculty Excellence Award from the LSU Alumni Association.

Josh completed his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 2009, after which he taught at Texas Tech University until joining the LSU faculty in 2012. While at Tech, he received the Alumni Association’s New Faculty Award and the Mortar Board’s Apple Polishing Award for teaching. 

The main focus of his research is how diversity is portrayed in the media, with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality. Most recently, his focus has been on how gay men talk about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), and he is partnering with Baton Rouge clinics to study how to improve those health messaging strategies.  

Josh 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, Josh enjoys running, reading, hiking, and spending time with family. He is also a die-hard college football fan, and he unapologetically adores Hallmark Christmas movies.

Recent Publications

Grimm, J. & Schwartz, J. (in press). ‘It’s like birth control for HIV’: Communication and stigma for gay men on PrEP. Journal of Homosexuality.

Schwartz, J. & Grimm, J. (2017). Stigma communication surrounding PrEP: The experiences of a sample of men who have sex with men. Health Communication, doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1384430

Harp, D., Grimm, J., & Loke, J. (2017). Rape, storytelling and social media: how Twitter interrupted the news media’s ability to construct collective memory. Feminist Media Studies, doi: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1373688

Grimm, J. & Schwartz, J. (2017). Body image and race on gay male-targeted blogs. Howard Journal of Communications, 28(4), 323-338.

Schwartz, J. & Grimm, J. (2017). Online news coverage of Preexposure Prophylaxis.

Communication Research Reports, 34(2), 153-160.

Grimm, J. (2015). Hegemonic framing of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., in Northeastern newspapers. Howard Journal of Communications, 26(3), 313-332.