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Barbara Barnett

Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Room 203B


Barbara Barnett is a professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She previously worked as a print journalist, covering health, politics and higher education. She also worked as a public relations professional in health communications and has organized communication projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. At KU, she teaches courses in reporting, research methods, media and diversity, media and popular culture and media and the military. She helps coordinate KU’s Media and the Military Project, funded by the McCormick Foundation. Her research focuses on media coverage of women who are victims and perpetrators of violence. She also has conducted research on women’s health and on gender and sports.


Academic Degrees

  • Bachelor’s, English, Pembroke State University
  • Master’s, Liberal Studies, Duke University
  • PhD, Journalism and Mass Communications, UNC-Chapel Hill


  • Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship, AEJMC
  • Katich Creativity Award, Willliam Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications


  • Gender and media
  • Gender, violence, and media
  • Gender and sport
  • Research project funded by The McCormick Foundation on media coverage of Post-Traumatic Stress


  • Barnett, B. (2012/13). Toward authenticity: Using feminist theory to construct journalistic narratives of maternal violence. Feminist Media Studies, 13(3). (Forthcoming online in 2012, print 2013).
  • Barnett, B. (2008). Framing rape: An examination of public relations strategies in the Duke University lacrosse case. Communication, Culture, Critique, 1(2), 17–202.
  • Barnett, B. (2006). Health as women’s work: A pilot study on how women’s magazines frame medical news and femininity. Women and Language. 29(2), 1–11.
  • Barnett, B. (2006). Medea in the media: Narrative and myth in news stories about women who kill their children. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 7(4), 411–433. 
  • Barnett, B. (2004). Emma says: A case study of the use of comics for health education among women in the AIDS heartland. Feminist Media Studies, 4(2), 111–128.

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