Mary Grace B Hebert
Mary Grace B Hebert recently earned her PhD in communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation research examined General Motors’ advertising, public relations, and media relations from 1990 to 2009. She analyzed thousands of corporate documents to craft a narrative about GM’s PR and advertising during this period. Her book-length study identified the tactics that GM used to promote General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) financial products and SUVs. In particular, her research explored how GM used corporate social responsibility and lobbying to advance corporate interests.
- 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"