Mary Grace B Hebert
Mary Grace B. Hebert is a Ph.D. candidate. Her research is in the political economy of communication, a critical subfield within communication. She is currently working on a project examining General Motors’ advertising, public relations, and news relations in the 1990s and 2000s with attention to GM’s shift toward finance through its subsidiary the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC)
She will defend her dissertation in Spring 2019 and complete her degree in Summer 2019.
- Political Economy of Communication
- Public Relations
Grace researches professional communication, such as public relations and advertising, from a critical perspective, with particular attention to the impact of the commercial media system on policymaking in the U.S. She is particularly interested in the relationship between PR, advertising, and journalism.
- M.A., Communication, University of Illinois, Urbana-Chamoaign
- B.S., Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas, Austin
Distinctions / Awards
- Department of Communication Summer Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2018)
- Honorable Mention Paper Award (2017) - “The Military-Industrial Complex and Professional Communication: Developing Ethics for Peace,” Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Communication Ethics Division
- Graduate College Conference Travel Award (2016)
- Elizabeth Winter Fellowship (2014-2015)
- Top Paper Award (2014) - “The Rebirth of Democratic Knowledge: Digitization, the Postal Service, and the Newspaper Industry,” Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Communication and the Future Division
- Recognized on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois (2012-Present)
- CMN 377: “Propaganda and Modern Society” (Fall 2018)
- CMN 275: “Money, Media, and Power” (Fall 2018)
- CMN 396: “Media and Youth Culture”
- CMN 375: “Popular Media and Culture”
- CMN 210: “Public Communication in Everyday Life” (Online)
- CMN 102: “Introduction to Communication Research and Theory”
- CMN 101: "Public Speaking"