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Meta G. Carstarphen

Meta G. Carstarphen headshot

Photo by Courtney Patterson


Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen, APR is a Professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, and a Gaylord Family Professorship in Strategic Communication. Her research interests explore how media can affect social change. Her publications include a 2017 special section in Rhetoric Review, “Rhetoric, Rage and Resentment: Whiteness and the New Days of Rage.” Carstarphen currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Communication Booknotes Quarterly journal (Taylor & Francis publishers) that highlights in-depth and concise reviews about books relevant to media and communication fields.

Carstarphen joined the Gaylord faculty in 2002, becoming the first tenured African American faculty member since the program’s founding in 1913. Carstarphen has served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Director for the college. In addition to dozens of articles, chapters and conference presentations, her published books include American Indians and the Mass Media (University of Oklahoma Press), and 3 editions of Race, Gender, Class and the Media (Kendall-Hunt Publishers). In spring 2021, she co-taught a “Presidential Dream Course” with colleagues from History and African and African American studies called “The Tulsa Massacre: 100 Years Later.” Her current book project, to be published in 2022 by Peter Lang Publishing Group, is titled Writing Home: Race, Newspapers and the Culture of Place in Oklahoma.