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 a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research investigates social media news effects, pertaining to stereotype endorsements, political polarization, and activism. Her research interests include media effects, social media news, race and stereotypes, political polarization, activism, and social movements.

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.