Earnest L. Perry

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

Doctoral Faculty, Journalism Studies

Associate Professor

179B Gannett Hall
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211-1200


Ph.D. and M.A. Missouri School of Journalism at University of Missouri-Columbia
B.S. Texas Christian University

Areas of Expertise
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
  • Media History
  • Media Management
  • Mentorship

Dr. EARNEST L. PERRY is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Missouri School of Journalism. He served as coordinator of the School’s doctoral teaching program for the past six years and as chair of journalism studies from 2005-2011 and again during the 2013-14 academic year.

Dr. Perry is a member of the Standing Committee on Teaching for the Association on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a former president of American Journalism Historians Association and former chair of the Standing Committee on Research for AEJMC.

Dr. Perry is the lead instructor for the Missouri School of Journalism’s Cross Cultural Journalism course. He also teaches journalism history at the undergraduate and graduate level. His research interests center on African-American press history, specifically the Black Press during the first half of the 20th Century. He has published articles on history and media management in several journals including American Journalism, Journalism History and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Perry has also done research, specifically on the media’s role in serving underrepresented groups and the lack of ethnic minority journalists in the mainstream media. He worked for nearly ten years as a journalist for newspapers in Illinois, Connecticut and Texas. Dr. Perry has also served as a consultant to universities and news outlets on issues related to diversity and inclusion.

Selected Publications


  • Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide to Reporting and Communicating Effectively About Issues of Difference, with Maria Len-Rios. Edited textbook on Cross-Cultural Journalism. Under review with Routledge Publishing.


  • “Cross-Cultural Journalism and Strategic Communication: Storytelling and Diversity,” with Maria Len-Rios, 2nd edition, Routledge.
  • “Image Repair Campaign Strategies Addressing Race: Paula Deen, Social Media, and Defiance,” with María E. Len-Ríos, Teri Finneman, Kyung Jung Han,  Manu Bhandari, International Journal of Strategic Communication, April 2015.
  • “Double Dribble: The stereotypical narrative of Magic and Bird,” with Patrick Ferrucci. Journalism History, July 2015.
  • ‘To the detriment of the institution’: The Missouri Student’s Fight to Desegregate the University of Missouri,” with Aimee Edmondson. American Journalism, Fall 2010.
  • “Assessing Cross-Cultural Learning and the Effects of Personality and Negative Attitudes on Journalism Students’ Knowledge,” with Maria Len-Rios. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Autumn 2009.
  • “Forced to the Margins: The Early Twentieth-Century African-American Press,” chapter in Journalism 1908: Birth Of A Profession, edited by Betty Houchin Winfield, Fall 2008.
  • “Objectivity and the Journalist’s Creed: Local Coverage of Lucile Bluford’s Fight to Enter the Missouri School of Journalism,” with Aimee Edmondson. Journalism History, January 2008.
  • “We Want In: The African American press’ negotiation for a White House Correspondent.” American Journalism, Summer 2003.
  • “It’s Time To Force A Change: The African American Press’ Campaign For A True Democracy During World War II.” Journalism History, Summer 2002.
  • “A Common Purpose: The Negro Newspaper Publishers Association fight for equality during World War II.” American Journalism, Spring 2002.
  • “Wait!…Where Did It Come From? The African American press’ opposition to the American Red Cross Blood Segregation Policy.” Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, Fall 2002.

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Updated: November 24, 2020