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Kelsey Mesmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

Journalism: News Writing; Multiplatform Journalism


Ph.D., Wayne State University

M.A., Kent State University

M.B.A., Kent State University

Research Interests

Mesmer's research lies at the intersection of journalism and organizational communication, where she focuses on anti-media rhetoric and harassment, gender, resilience, identity and social justice issues.

Publications and Media Placements

Mesmer, K., & Jahng, R. (2021). Using Facebook to discuss aspects of industry safety: How women journalists enact ethics of care in online professional space. Journalism Studies. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2021.1920452

Vultee, F., Frazier, D., Burgess, S., & Mesmer, K. (2020). Here's what to know about clickbait: Effects of image, headline and editing on audience attitudes. Journalism Practice.

D'Enbeau, S., Mesmer, K., & Socha, D. (2020). Normative struggles in everyday work practices: The case of social justice in higher education. Western Journal of Communication.

Mesmer, K., & Socha, D. (2020). Finally, solace in Ghana. In Hensley, B., Hartlep, N.D., & Novak, J. M. (Eds). Critical Storytelling in 2020: Issues, Elections and Beyond, (pp. 98-106). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

Mesmer, K., Aniss, M., & Mitra, R. (2020). Naturalizing environmental justice: How privileged residents make sense of Detroit's water shutoffs. In Schmitt, C. R., Castor, T. R., & Thomas, C. S. (Eds). Water, Rhetoric, and Social Justice: A Critical Confluence, (pp. 149-170). New York, NY: Lexington Books.

Mesmer, K., & Jahng, R. (2019). Nasty Writers: Uses and gratifications of online space in the age of Trump. Media Report to Women, 47(4).

Honors and Awards

2021 Top Paper Award, Newspaper and Online News Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

2021 Garrett T. Heberlein Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne State University Graduate School

2020 Stephen P. Depoe Book Chapter Award in Environmental Communication, Environmental Communication Division, National Communication Association (NCA)

2020 Mary Gardner Award for Graduate Student Research, Commission on the Status of Women, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

Professional Organizations and Associations

Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

Midwinter Research Chair, Commission on the Status of Women, AEJMC

Member, National Communication Association (NCA)

Member, International Communication Association (ICA)