Marisa Ashley Smith

 Marisa Smith

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
Graduate Student
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Marisa A. Smith is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research investigates news disseminated in digital environments and examines the sociopolitical influence of these messages. Specifically, her work highlights that a critical component for understanding the effects of digital information environments is the consideration of racial portrayals that saturate these online platforms. Through investigating the effects of racial portrayals on stereotype endorsement, public policy support, political polarization, civic engagement, and political opinion, her work assesses the implications of digital information environments on democracy. Her work has been featured in Social Media + Society and New Media & Society. In Fall 2020, she will join the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and the School of Journalism.

Research Interests

  • Mediated Communication and Technology

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2019 - The Karl R. Wallace Award


  • 2019 - Barrow Minority Doctoral Student Scholarship
  • 2019 - The Ruth Anne Clark Scholarship Award
  • 2018 - NCA Diversity Travel Award
  • 2017 - President’s Research in Diversity Travel Award

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Dixon, Travis L, Kris R. Weeks, and Marisa A. Smith Media constructions of culture, race, and ethnicity Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication Media constructions of culture, race, and ethnicity Oxford University Press 2019.

Journal Articles

Bigman, Cabral, Marisa A. Smith, Lillie D. Williamson, Arrianna Planey, and Shardé McNeil Selective sharing on social media: Examining the effects of disparate racial impact frames on intentions to retransmit news stories among US college students New Media & Society 2019.