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Dr. Erin Ash is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University. Her research focuses primarily on representations of social groups in media, with an emphasis on the cognitive and affective processes that explain media-based stereotyping. Her work has examined the relationship between media portrayals of African Americans and racial attitudes across a variety of contexts, including news, sport, video games, and film/entertainment. Dr. Ash also conducts research that explores the potential for other-focused emotional responses to media, such as empathy and elevation, to motivate prosocial action and to ultimately reduce stereotyping and prejudice.
Her work examining these and other social issues related to media has appeared in such journals as Howard Journal of Communications, Mass Communication and Society, and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. She has also presented at national conferences, including the annual conventions for the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Broadcasting Education Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism in Mass Communication. Her research has been awarded top paper awards in three divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dr. Ash teaches communication theory and research methods courses in the department. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications and her M.A. in Media Studies from Penn State University, and her B.A. in Communication from the College of Charleston.
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