- 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.
Dr. Mangun’s research has been published in American Journalism, Journalism History, Newspaper Research Journal, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, African American National Biography, BlackPast.org, and other print and online publications.