• Associate Professor, Communication


  • PhD, Communication and Society, University of Oregon. Project: Beatrice Morrow Cannady and The Advocate: Building and Defending Oregon’s African American Community, 1912-1933


Kimberley Mangun joined the University of Utah Department of Communication in fall 2006 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. She teaches beginning and intermediate reporting; conceptual classes on communication history, alternative media, and diversity; and a graduate seminar on historical research methods.

Before pursuing her graduate degree, Dr. Mangun had a long career as a managing editor for alternative media in San Diego; Santa Cruz, California; and Eugene, Oregon. She also published an outdoor recreation magazine in Oregon. In addition, Dr. Mangun has done public relations and newsletters for major companies such as Plantronics, Inc., and considerable freelance writing for newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Mangun studies the African American press and representations of women, race, and ethnicity in communication history, subjects she became interested in while in graduate school.

Her award-winning book, published by Oregon State University Press in 2010, examined the career of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, an editor and publisher who advocated for civil rights in Portland, Oregon, from 1912 until 1936. Dr. Mangun’s book was used as the basis for an Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary that has continually aired since its premiere in May 2007. Also as a result of her research, the North Clackamas School District in Oregon (Portland area) voted in Fall 2018 to honor Cannady by naming a new elementary school after her. The school, the first in the district to be named after a woman, is slated to open in September 2019.

Dr. Mangun's latest book, Editor Emory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama, 1940-1975, will be published by Peter Lang in July 2019. The cultural biography focuses on Jackson's advocacy in areas including voting rights, education, and officer-involved shootings, and illustrates that his civil-rights activism still is relevant today as states limit access to the ballot and groups like Black Lives Matter protest police violence against Black men.

Dr. Mangun’s research has been published in American Journalism, Journalism HistoryNewspaper Research JournalOregon Historical QuarterlyPacific Northwest QuarterlyAfrican American National Biography,, and other print and online publications.