Jeannette H. Porter

Assistant Professor


B.A. in Economics, Swarthmore College
M.A. in Multimedia Journalism, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of Expertise
  • African American Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
  • Leadership

JEANNETTE H. PORTER (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) began her career in strategic communication managing native advertising sales as a high school student. Following her B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, she spent 10 years in fund development and community relations at The Boys Choir of Harlem; became a director of communications at PENCIL; moved to rural journalism at The Amelia Bulletin Monitor in Virginia; and, following a master’s degree in multimedia journalism (Virginia Commonwealth University), found her cause in health communication.

Her current research examines African American communication about mental health and mental illness with a goal of increasing mental health help-seeking. Dr. Porter has contributed to articles in Games for Health Journal, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Telemedicine and E-Health and Howard Journal of Communications.

Updated: September 20, 2023