Cory MacNeil

Doctoral Student

While earning his master of arts in journalism from Regent University, Cory MacNeil became deeply interested in the concept of world view; how world view affects understanding, shared understanding, and misunderstanding from the perspectives of journalist, subject, and audience. Post-graduation, he kept up a self-paced regiment of learning through a goal to watch all The Great Courses, where esteemed and decorated professors taught him psychology, anthropology, game theory, history, economics, mathematics, philosophy, religion, and other fields. It was during these hundreds of hours of lectures Cory refined his academic interest as he discovered professors of disparate disciplines touching upon thinking fallacies, cognitive bias, and other illusions of the mind. When his growing interest in thinking fallacies overlapped with his ardent desire to become a scientist, he decided upon the focus area of media sociology taught at the University of Missouri.

Cory (First Sergeant MacNeil, retired) entered the University of Missouri as he was transitioning out of a twenty-year career in the U.S. Army, where his occupational specialties were combat engineer, electronic warfare, and cyber warfare. He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Sergeant Morales Club, and unwilling recipient of the Enemy Marksmanship Badge (Purple Heart). He has lived in Texas, Colorado, Maryland; South Korea, Germany, Spain; and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cory is working on two personal photojournalism projects to document student life on the MU campus, and thoroughly explore the city of Columbia, Missouri. He reads photograph books every day from the extensive collections at the journalism library with the intent to view them all before graduation. He is working on running all 240-miles of the Katy Trail, and doing giant sets and triple drop sets with every weight in the Student Recreation Center.

Cory is grateful to the MU students, professors, deans, and administrators who offered their time during a busy semester to answer his questions about the application process, and offer frank assessment of the university and program as seen from the inside. He is glad to pay this benefit forward to future students by responding to inquiries from applicants who are looking closely at MU.

Updated: August 31, 2020