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Amber Roessner

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School of Journalism & Electronic Media
Associate Professor

An associate professor in the University of Tennessee's School of Journalism & Electronic Media, Dr. Lori Amber Roessner teaches the history & principles of journalism and electronic media, media reporting, mass communications history and advanced sports writing. 

Her first book, Inventing Baseball Heroes: Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and the Sporting Press in America, was published by LSU Press in June 2014. Roessner currently is writing Jimmy Who? Jimmy Carter and the Practice of Presidential Press & Promotion in the Age of the Credibility Gap, to be published by the LSU Press. She is also co-editing a volume entitled, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Political Pioneer of the Press: Her Voice, Her Pen, and Her Transnational Crusade for Social Justice, to be published by Lexington Books.

Her cultural histories on the practice of mass communication and the role of American media in the production of mass icons have appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism History, and American Journalism, among others. Within these studies, she often considers the politics of memory, in particular the media’s role in the construction of race and gender. Recently, Roessner and collegue Erin Whiteside published “UnMasking Title IX on Its Fortieth Birthday: The Operation of Women’s Voices, Women’s Spaces, and Sporting Mythnarratives in the Commerative Coverage of Title IX” in the summer 2016 issue of Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.

Roessner had professional experience covering the thirtieth anniversary of Title IX as a freelance writer for Morris News Service. During her career in the journalism industry, she worked as a sports writer for the Gainesville Times, where she earned a Georgia Associated Press Award for her coverage of the pressures associated with youth sports. Roessner later served as an associate editor of the Athens Magazine, the editor of Gainesville Life, and a freelance contractor for regional media organizations and non-profit public relations organizations such as the United Way of Northeast Georgia. Roessner earned her master’s of arts and doctorate in mass communications at Grady College of Journalism in December 2006 and July 2010, respectively.

When she’s not involved in teaching or academic pursuits, Roessner serves as an occasional contributor to media outlets. She also enjoys spending time with family, training for triathlons, hiking along the Appalachian Trail, and reading a good book.


339 Communications Bldg.
Office Hours: 
By Appointment

Doctor of Philosophy, Journalism & Mass Communication, July 2010
University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, Athens, Ga.
Dissertation: Crafting ‘Your Father’s Idol’: The Sporting Press and the Promotion of Baseball’s Stars, 1900-1928
Advisor: Janice Hume.

Masters of Art, Journalism & Mass Communication, Dec. 2006
University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, Athens, Ga.
Thesis: Sidelined by Gender—A Textual Analysis of the 2005-06 College Football Bowl Season
Advisor: Leara Rhodes.

Bachelor of Science, Education (Emphasis Sports Studies), Dec. 2003
University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Magna Cum Laude graduate, GPA 3.73.

Research Interests: 
History of media and its intersection with American culture and collective memory
The practice of mass communications, in particular sports and politics
Race, class, gender & the mass media
Critical & cultural studies