Dr. Karen Miller Russell

Jim Kennedy New Media Professor. Associate Professor, Public Relations

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.

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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.

Image Repair in the Aftermath of Inaccurate Polling: How the News Media Responded to Getting It Wrong in 1948 and 2016 Karen Miller Russell

Abstract: The US presidential elections of 1948 and 2016 produced surprise outcomes when the predicted winners ended up losing the election. Using image repair theory, this article explains the strategies the media used to repair their image in light of predicting the wrong winner. Using a qualitative analysis of news coverage that immediately followed the […]

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The Misunderstood Nineteenth Century Press Agent Karen Miller Russell

Abstract: Analysis of press coverage of nineteenth century American press agents indicates that, although press agents worked in a variety of sectors, their primary motivation was profit, their main strategy was media relations, and their tactics often relied on hype or outright lying. These characteristics would appear to support previous descriptions of press agentry, yet […]

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Teaching Specialties

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.
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