Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez

Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez
Department Chair & Professor
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Department Chair & Professor


  • Theory of Mass Communication
  • Public Relations Media Programming
  • Gender, Race and Media
  • 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


  • Former Editor for the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas' Women's Ministry Magazine
  • Former 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.
  • How historical stereotypes have made their way into social media platforms.


  • Moody-Ramirez, M., Cole, H. (2018). Race, Gender & Image Repair Case Studies in the Early 21st Century. Lexington Press.
  • Dates, J. & Moody-Ramirez, M. (2018). From Blackface to Black Twitter: Reflections on Black Humor, Race, Politics & Gender. Peter Lang.
  • Moody, M. and Dates, J. (2014). The Obamas and Mass Media: Race, Gender, Religion, and Politics. Palgrave MacMillan, New York.
  • Moody, M. (2008). Black and Mainstream Press: Framing of Racial Profiling: A Historical Perspective. University Press of America.

Refereed Articles

  • Rogers, R., Moody-Ramirez, M. & Rogers, F. (2019). Activist Knitting: How stitching together something so simple has created a movement. Journal of Research on Women and Gender (5)1.
  • Venegas, E. M., Scott, L. M., LeCompte, K. N., Moody-Ramirez, M., & Zhu, Y. (2019, November 7). Engaging in “Dangerous Discussions”: Fostering Cultural Competence Through the Analysis of Depictions of College Life in Popular Films . Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000152
  • Moody, M. & Church, A. (2019). Analysis of Facebook Meme Groups Used During the 2016 US Presidential Election. Social Media+ Society 5 (1), 2056305118808799
  • Moody-Ramirez, M. (2019). Race Issues in Media Coverage. The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, 1-8, ed. Tim Vos and Folker Hanusch
  • Moody, M., Cole, H. (2018). Victim Blaming in Twitter Users’ Framing of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Journal of Black Studies.
  • Moody-Ramirez, M.& Fassih, L. (2017). Citizen Framing of Wendy Davis on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (47).
  • Moody, M. & Fassih, L. (2017). Representations of Lean In and the Feminine Mystique on Pinterest. Journal of Research on Women and Gender (5)1.
  • Moody-Ramirez, M. Scott, LM. (2016). Rap Music Literacy: A Case Study of Millennial Audience Reception to Rap Lyrics Depicting Women. Journal of Media Literacy Education 7 (3), 54-72.
  • Moody, M., Lewis, T., Murray, B. (2015). The 2013 Steubenville rape case: an examination of framing in newspapers and user-generated content. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.
  • Neill, M.S., & Moody, M. (2015). Who is responsible for what? Examining strategic roles in social media management, Public Relations Review, 41 (1), 109-118. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2014.10.014
  • Burleson, C. & Moody (2014). Sixteen Ain’t So Sweet: Longitudinal Study of Jasper Texas. Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (45).
Refereed Papers
  • Moody, M. & Fassih, L. (2016). Citizen Framing of Wendy Davis on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. Presented Southern States Communication Association Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • Moody-Ramirez, M., Nichols, C., Scott, LM., Lewis, T (2017). Singled and Singled Out: A Complicated Conversation, Texas Women in Higher Education Regional Meeting at Texas Tech University.
  • Moody-Ramirez (2016). Discourse Analysis of the Top Rachel Dolezal Internet Memes. 37th Annual Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Associations Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Moody-Ramirez, M. & Fassih, L. & Hernandez, M. (2015). Spanning the Decades: An Analysis of Monica Lewinsky’s Image Restoration Strategies during a 2015 TED Talks Appearance. Presented ASAT Conference, Huntsville, Texas.

For a complete list of refereed papers and articles, click here

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."