Dr. Melody Fisher

Dr. Melody Fisher


  • Communication


  • Communication


  • Associate Professor


Office: (662) 325-8078



Before joining MSU, Dr. Fisher was Assistant Professor and Chair of Mass Communication at Tougaloo College. She has presented and published on public relations in religious communities, crises, and portrayals of minority groups.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Communication, University of Southern Mississippi, 2012
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Public Relations, University of Southern Mississippi, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English, Tougaloo College, 2000

Research interests:

Image Repair, Diversity-related crises, minority portrayals in media


Oral Presentation

  • "Researching the Special Public: A Quantitative Assessment of Readiness for Barbershop-Based HIV Prevention Programs among Rural African American Barbershop Patrons." Public Relations Society of America International Conference, Public Relations Society of America, San Diego, CA. 2019
  • "Researching the special public: A quantitative assessment of readiness for barbershop-based HIV prevention programs among rural African American barbershop patrons." 22nd Annual International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), Orlando, FL. 2019
  • "Black Female Faculty in the Academy: Implications for Developing a Diverse Workforce." 37th Annual Research Association of Minority Professors Conference, Research Association of Minority Professors, Nashville, TN. 2018
  • "Preparing Black Female Faculty for Prominence, Power, and Presence in the Academy." 10th Annual College of Education Faculty and Student Research Forum, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State University. 2017


  • "Preparing Black Female Faculty for Prominence, Power, and Presence in the Academy." Mid-South Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Mid-South Educational Research Association, Mississippi State University. 2017

Areas of Expertise

Image Repair Diversity Crisis Communication