Baylor University
Mia Moody

Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez

Associate Professor
Graduate Studies Director, Director of American Studies

Phone: (254) 710-7247
Office: Castellaw 266
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  • Public Relations Media Programming
  • Media and Minorities
  • Reporting and Writing for Media
  • Writing for Media Markets


  • University of Texas, Austin
    Ph.D. in Journalism (Dec. 2006)
  • Baylor University
    Master of Arts in Journalism (2001
  • Baylor University
    Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Dec. 1998)
  • Texas A&M University
    Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (1990)

Year Started at Baylor

  • 2001


  • Editor for the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas' Women's Ministry Magazine
  • Blogger for the Waco Tribune-Herald
  • Editor and publisher of FOR Seasons magazine and Elegant Woman magazine (1997-2001)
  • Managing editor, Stevens Publishing (1997-1999)
  • Staff writer and columnist for the lifestyle section of the Waco Tribune-Herald (1990-1997)
  • General assignment reporter and intern, Bryan-College Station Eagle (1988-1990)


    Media framing of various issues, including people of color, women and political candidates. Most recently, I have addressed how historical stereotypes have made their way into social media platforms.

  • Moody, M. (2008). Black and Mainstream Press� Framing of Racial Profiling: A Historical Perspective. University Press of America.

  • Refereed Articles
  • Moody, M. N. & Brown, J. (2012). Not Ready to Play Nice: An Analysis of Negativity in the News Releases of 2007 Presidential Primary. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal (forthcoming).
  • Burleson, C. & Moody, M. (2011). Through a glass darkly: A comparison of Jasper Newsboy coverage with elite publications during the James Byrd Jr. Murder. Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (42)1.
  • Moody, M. (2011). Jon & Kate Plus 8: A case study of image repair, social media and the resulting media frames of celebrity divorce. Public Relations Review. (37)4, 405-414.
  • Moody, M. (2011). A rhetorical analysis of the meaning of the �independent woman� in the lyrics and videos of male and female rapper. American Communication Journal (13)1.
  • Moody, M, (2011). The Meaning of �Independent Woman� In Music. ETC: A Review of General Semantics. April 2011.;col1
  • Tariq, A. and Moody, M. (2010). Barack Hussein Obama: Campaigning While (Allegedly) Muslim. American Communication Journal (ACJ) American Communication Journal (11) 4.
  • Moody, M. (2010). Teaching Twitter and Beyond: Tips for Incorporating Social Media in Traditional Courses. AEJMC Journal of Magazine & New Media Research. (11)1, 2.
  • Moody, M, Dorries, B., & Blackwell, H. (2009). How National Media Framed Coverage of Missing Black and White Women. Media Report to Women/Peer reviewed by editor, (37)4.

  • Select Refereed Papers
  • Moody, M. (2011). A Critical Analysis of Facebook Hate Groups Targeting President Barack Obama. Presented to the Cultural and Critical Studies Division at the 2011 AEJMC conference, St. Louis.
  • Sturgill, A. & Moody, M. (2011). Differences in Editorial Coverage of Jeremiah Wright in the Minority and Mainstream Presses. Presented to the Minorities and Communication Division at the 2011 AEJMC conference, St. Louis.
  • Moody, M. (2011). Outbursts, Insults and the First Amendment: A Feminist and Critical. Presented to the Feminist Scholarship Division at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA), Boston.
  • Moody, M. & Foumena, J. (2011). Educating Young Adults on the �True� Meaning of an �Independent Woman:� An Analysis of Lyrics. Presented to the Children & Adolescent Media at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA), Boston.

Interests & Hobbies

  • Media's framing of various issues including minorities, women and campaign strategies
  • Proud mother of Heidi, Timothy and William

Favorite Thing about Teaching

  • "I like serving as a mentor to students and helping them reach their full potential."

Favorite Thing about Baylor

  • "I like the collegiality of our department. We all get along well and enjoy working together. I also enjoy working in Waco. It is just the right size for my family--not too small or too big and it is centrally located."