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Dr. Emily Ryalls

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication
McComas Hall


  • PhD 2011; University of South Florida, Communication
  • MA 1999; The University of Alabama, Communication
  • BA 1997; James Madison University, Communication Studies

Courses Taught

  • Persuasion
  • Gender and Media
  • Gender Communication
  • Introduction to Gender Studies

Research Interests

  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality
  • Youth Culture

Representative Publications

  • Ryalls, E. (2016). Ambivalent aspirationalism in millenial postfeminist culture on Gossip Girl. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 13(2): 198-213.
  • Dubrofsky, R. & Ryalls, E. (2014). The Hunger Games: Authenticating whiteness and femininity under surveillance. Critical Studies in Media Communication31(5): 395-409.
  • Ryalls, E. (2013). Enacting emo angst, masochism, and masculinity in crisis. Text and Performance Quarterly, 33(2): 83-97.
  • Ryalls, E. (2012). Demonizing “mean girls” in the news: Was Phoebe Prince “bullied to death?”. Communication, Culture & Critique, 5:463-481.

Professional Honors and Awards

  • 2016 College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for the Social and Behavioral Sciences , Mississippi State University.
  • 2014 Outstanding Action Team Mentor, Day One Program, Mississippi State University.
  • 2014 MSU Team Diversity Award (for Safe Zone), President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities, Mississippi State University.