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Public Relations


Dr. Melody Fisher

Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Public Relations Concentration

Department of Communication
McComas Hall, Room 138
Phone: (662) 325-8078
Fax: (662) 325-3210


  • BA 2000: Tougaloo College; English
  • MS 2003: University of Southern Mississippi; Public Relations
  • Ph.D. 2012: University of Southern Mississippi; Mass Communication

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Public Relations Case Problems
  • Public Relations Writing
  • Public Relations in Organizations

Research Interests

  • Crisis Communication
  • Image Restoration
  • Minority Representation in Media

Representative Publications

  • Rasmussen, L. and Fisher, M. (2019).Blackfish backlash: SeaWorld’s attempt at navigating a crisis situation. In B. Brunner and C. Hickerson (Eds.) Cases in public relations: Translating ethics into action. Oxford University Press.
  • Fisher, M. and Rasmussen, L.(2018). One for all: Mississippians’ fight for a new flag. In R. Luttrell and L. Capizzo (Eds.), Public relations campaigns: An integrated approach . -Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.
  • Fisher, M. (2017). Still fighting the good fight: An analysis of student activism and institutional response. Public Relations Review, doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2017.11.005
  • Brown, R., Cole, H. and Fisher, M . (2017). Race and Anti-LGBT legislation. Journalism Studies, doi:10.1080/1461670X.2017.1292860
  • Goodman, M., Brandon, S. and Fisher, M . (2017). 1968: Music as Rhetoric in Social Movements. International Journal of Management and Social Sciences , doi: