Critical Studies Blog serves as an online think-tank for people of all walks of life to share their ideas on race, class, culture and  gender. Submissions such as poetry, short stories, editorials and full-length articles are accepted. Please click the submission link above to submit your ideas to the editor.

The founder of Critical Studies Blog,

Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez is an associate professor of Journalism, PR & New Media at Baylor University. She is the co-author of The Obamas and Mass Media: Race, Gender, Religion, and Politics with Dr. Jannette Dates (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is also the author of Black and Mainstream Press’ Framing of Racial Profiling: A Historical Perspective (University Press of America, 2009).

The professor teaches courses focusing on public relations, minorities and women in the media and a reporting. She specializes in new media portrayals of women and people of color. Her recent papers focus on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers’ differing views on the “independent woman,” and coverage of missing women.

Moody-Ramirez earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, two master’s degrees from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

The Bryan native served as a staff writer and columnist for the lifestyle section of the Waco Tribune-Herald from 1990 to 1997, and was a general assignment reporter and intern at the Bryan-College Station Eagle in 1988-1990. She was editor and publisher of “FOR” Seasons Magazine and Elegant Woman Magazine. Additionally, she was managing editor for Continuing Care and Home Healthcare magazines, published by Steven’s Publishing.

Moody-Ramírez has been featured in reports by HuffPost Live, NPR, Boston Globe, MSNBC and CBS Dallas/Fort Worth magazine.

She is active in Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and International Communication Association (ICA). She was appointed to the 2013-2014 AEJMC Strategic Plan Implementation Committee and the 2013-14 AEJMC Equity & Diversity Award Advisory Committee. She is a member of the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women and the Minority and Communication Division. She is also the Vice President of the Texas American Studies Association.

She is the proud wife of Augustine Ramirez and mother of three children ages 21, 10 and 8, Heidi, Timothy and William.



Moody, M., Dates, J. (2013). The Obamas and Mass Media: Race, Gender, Religion, and Politics. Palgrave Macmillan.

Moody, M. (2008). Black and Mainstream Press’ Framing of Racial Profiling: A Historical Perspective. University Press of America.


Refereed Articles:


Moody, M., Cohen, L. & Fournon, C. (2013). Negativity in Twitter: How Politicians are Adapting to Social Media.  Mass Communication Journalism (3) 3.

Moody, M., Subervi, F. Oshagan, H. (2013). Ethnic/Racial Minorities’ Participation in AEJMC. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (68)2.

Moody, M., Burleson, C. (2013). Utilizing Service-Based, Collaborative Teaching in Journalism Courses. Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication.

Moody, M. & Bates, E. (2013). Best Practices for Incorporating SEO Tactics into PR Courses from a Constructivist Approach. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (68)1


Moody, M. (2012). New Media-Same Stereotypes: An Analysis of Social Media Depictions of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama (8) 1. Journal of New Media and Culture.


Moody, M. & Brown, J. (2012). Not Ready to Play Nice: An Analysis of Negativity in the News Releases of 2007 Presidential Primary. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal (22) 1.  

Moody, M. (2012). An Analysis of Creative and Imaginative Shared Representations of Black Women. Journal of Research on Women and Gender (4) 1. http://jrwg.mcgs.txstate.edu/submissions/copyright/untitled25.html

Burleson, C. & Moody, M. (2011). Through a glass darkly: A comparison of Jasper Newsboy coverage with elite publications during the James Byrd Jr. Murder. Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (42)1.

Moody, M. (2011). Jon & Kate Plus 8: A case study of image repair, social media and the resulting media frames of celebrity divorce. Public Relations Review. (37)4, 405-414. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0363811111000749

Moody, M. (2011). A rhetorical analysis of the meaning of the “independent woman” in the lyrics and videos of male and female rapper. American Communication Journal (13)1. http://ac-journal.org/journal/pubs/2011/spring/Moody-Ramirez.pdf

Moody, M, (2011). The Meaning of “Independent Woman” In Music. ETC: A Review of General Semantics. April 2011.


Tariq, A. and Moody, M. (2010). Barack Hussein Obama: Campaigning While (Allegedly) Muslim. American Communication Journal (ACJ) American Communication Journal (11) 4.


Moody, M. (2010). Teaching Twitter and Beyond: Tips for Incorporating Social Media in Traditional Courses. AEJMC Journal of Magazine & New Media Research. (11)1, 2.  http://aejmcmagazine.arizona.edu/Journal/Spring2010/Moody.pdf

Moody, M, Dorries, B., & Blackwell, H. (2009). How National Media Framed Coverage of Missing Black and White Women. Media Report to Women/Peer reviewed by editor, (37)4. http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p232099_index.html

 For more information, visit her website: http://www.miamoody.net and blog: http://miamoody.blogspot.com/.

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