Dr. Karen Miller Russell
About: Karen Miller Russell is Associate Professor, teaching public relations and media history at Grady College. She edited the Journal of Public Relations Research from 2010-2015.
Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Mass Communication, University of West Georgia
Research Interests and Activities
Karen Miller Russell studies media history with an emphasis on public relations. She is also interested in qualitative research, such as ethnography and case studies, on PR.
Dr. Russell is the author of The Voice of Business: Hill and Knowlton and Postwar Public Relations. She has written articles for Communication Yearbook, Journal of PR Research, Public Relations Review, Business History Review, American Journalism and Journalism Monographs and delivered numerous conference papers.
Abstract: Twentieth-century US public relations historiography has focused primarily on corporate public relations and agencies, incorporating a “great man” perspective and largely excluding women and minorities. This scholarship allows us to begin to build a narrative, presented here, but the authors also call for an expansion of what is considered public relations and of who […]Read More
Abstract: This historiographical essay argues for a set of standards that can be applied across time and place to determine whether a historical initiative is part of public relations history. After analyzing the concept of function in relation to public relations, we argue for an alternative focus on both the strategic intent of the practitioner […]Read More
Dr. Russell teaches Public Relations core courses such as Administration, Communication, and Campaigns. She is also interested in social media, globalization, and corporate social responsibility initiatives. She also teaches media history and is a member of the UGA Graduate Faculty.
Dr. Russell is a former PR writer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, former PR specialist for the American Camping Association and former photography and publicity assistant for Common Wealth Development.
Awards and Fellowships
Dr. Russell advised Grady’s PRSSA Bateman National Case Study Competition team to the national championship in 2007.
Dr. Russell is the winner of the 2001 Pathfinder Award, the highest award from the Institute for Public Relations. This coveted award is given in recognition of originally scholarly research which has made a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice of public relations.
In 1999, Dr. Russell received the PRide Award for Top Book of the Year from the National Communication Association, PR Division. In 1995, she received the Nafziger-White Award for best mass communication dissertation from AEJMC.